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Initiative 297 Challenge Heard In Federal Court

YAKIMA, Wash.- Two years after Washington voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 297, a measure that seeks to ban radioactive waste from entering the state, the lawsuit challenging the initiative has finally been heard in federal court.

Lawyers from the state and federal governments presented over four hours of oral arguments to United States District Court Judge Alan McDonald.  The federal government says the initiative is unconstitutional and violates interstate commerce laws.  The state, meanwhile, believes the initiative allows for the state more strength in wielding jurisdictional control of Hanford cleanup.

Judge McDonald told the court he would take two to three weeks to consider the matter.  It's widely believed that the loser will appeal the decision.