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Nuclear lawsuit filed Friday

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—The question of where to store the nuclear waste that's stored at the Hanford site remains unanswered, but Friday a lawsuit was filed in hopes of bringing some answers.

Attorney General Rob McKenna announced Friday that Washington State filed a new lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  The lawsuit states that the commission is "unreasonably withholding agency action" when it comes to the cleanup of 56-million gallons of nuclear waste stored at the Hanford site.

Back in 2002 congress designated Yucca Mountain as the nation's sole site for radioactive waste disposal.  Last year, President Obama withdrew the application, but still no decision has been made on what to do with the waste.  Now the attorney general tells KNDU he hopes the lawsuit will bring much needed action by the commission. 

"By not taking any action they're basically stopping from anything from happening.  They're preventing us from going to court and seeking and appealing a decision to allow the withdraw of a license application," says WA General Attorney Rob McKenna.

Mckenna says removing Yucca Mountain as an option would push back cleanup at Hanford.