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Tri-City leaders threaten Yucca Mountain lawsuit

Associated Press - February 19, 2010 11:35 AM ET

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) - Tri-City leaders are threatening a lawsuit over Obama administration plans to abandon Yucca Mountain, Nev., as a repository for high-level radioactive waste.

Without Yucca Mountain, waste could be stranded at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

There are reports a letter to the Energy Department was sent Thursday by three business leaders associated with the Tri-City Development Council, former Energy Department and Washington Public Power Supply System official Bob Ferguson, Lampson International President Bill Lampson, and Tri-City Development Council vice chairman Gary Petersen.

They say that without Yucca Mountain, high-level waste at Hanford would create a significant public health and environmental risk.

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