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Wash. sues to stop feds from abandoning Yucca

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Washington state is officially suing the federal government as it works to ensure waste from the nation's most contaminated nuclear site has somewhere to go.

The feds have moved to abandon the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, long intended to store waste from the Hanford nuclear plant.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna says abandoning the site 90 miles from Las Vegas, without an identified alternative, would put the state's people and environment at risk.

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons fired back at word of the lawsuit, inviting Washington to "volunteer to have the nation's nuclear waste dump located within their borders."

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