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Rep. Hastings supports lawsuit over Yucca Mountain

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RICHLAND, Wash.--  This morning a group of three Tri-Citians announced they still plan to sue the President and the Secretary of Energy. 

Led by former Nuvotec CEO, Bob Ferguson, along with Bill Lampson and Gary Peterson, they contend the executive branch broke the law when Yucca Mountain was abandoned as a nuclear waste storage area.

The heart of the lawsuit says Yucca Mountain is the only place where nuclear waste can legally be permanently stored.      

Today, Representative Doc Hastings said he's behind the legal action.  

"I totally support what they're doing," says Rep. Hastings, (R-WA). "What you are doing by cutting off Yucca Mountain… How are you going to handle the legal ramifications?"