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Court denies injunction in nuclear case

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WASHINGTON D.C. -- A federal appeals court says the federal government can continue to dismantle a nuclear project in Nevada. This after Washington state requested an injunction to bar the deconstruction.

The Energy Department wants to withdraw its application to build the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering the proposal, but Washington and South Carolina are among those suing to prevent the government from killing the project.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that dismantling it would not cause irreparable harm if the injunction wasn't granted. However, the court granted an expedited review of the consolidated cases. A hearing is scheduled for September.