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Yucca Mountain Considered in Washington D.C. Court

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Local businessmen get their first chance to address a district court in Washington D.C. Making their case that the nation's nuclear waste should still be sent to Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

The federal appeals court judges will decide whether the Obama Administration had the authority to scrap plans to bury nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

We talked with Gary Petersen today. He along with Bill Lampson and Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit last year against the president and secretary of energy.

Now they are working to restart plans to ship radioactive spent nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain, 90 miles from Las Vegas.

Petersen says the government spent more than 10 billion dollars in the past 25 years on this project, and it would be foolish to pull the plug now.

 "When you stop a project that's been underway this long, and spent this much money, we think that's a real slap in the face to taxpayers and rate payers, and that's why we brought the suit," he said.  

Arguments before the three-judge panel of the appeals court in Washington is a big step, but Petersen says it will still take six to eight weeks before any decision is made on the case. Attorney General Rob McKenna has also filed a lawsuit on behalf of Washington State.