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US appeals court considers nuclear disposal site

US appeals court considers nuclear disposal site

Federal appeals court judges are considering whether the Obama administration had the authority to stop plans to bury the nation's nuclear waste in an underground Western site.
South Carolina and Washington state, both of which have reactors that create waste, are among those suing the president and other federal officials to try to restart plans to ship their spent radioactive nuclear fuel to a repository 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Las Vegas.
Congress had chosen Yucca Mountain as the leading candidate for waste disposal, but opponents worry about contamination, and the Obama administration said it would not consider the site.
Arguments before a three-judge panel of the appeals court in Washington on Tuesday focused on whether the federal government has made a final decision yet that the states can appeal.