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Ruling May Spark Renewed Yucca Debate

(Washington, DC)  —  A federal appeals court ruling could renew debate on the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.

Judges on Friday threw out a regulation allowing radioactive waste to be stored at the nation’s nuclear reactors for at least 100 years.  That law led the Obama administration to stop work on the Yucca storage site northwest of Las Vegas.

The court ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to study the environmental risks of on-site storage, including possible fires and leaks.  Four states had sued the NRC over the waste rule.

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