Washington state takes steps to resume licensing for Yucca Mountain

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Washington state and South Carolina filed another lawsuit Friday to compel the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resume its consideration of a nuclear waste repository in Nevada, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said in Seattle.

The announcement came hours after a presidential commission urged federal officials to generate local support for alternative sites to the federal plans for a Yucca Mountain repository.

Earlier this year, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., threw out a lawsuit from the two states, finding that it was not an appropriate time to intervene because the NRC hadn't yet made a final decision on the status of Yucca Mountain.

The latest lawsuit asks the court to determine that the NRC has unreasonably delayed consideration of the license application, to compel the agency to immediately resume consideration and provide a timeline for a decision.

Review-Journal staff writer Keith Rogers contributed to this report.