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US government ordered to act on Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project

15 Aug 2013
A federal appeals court has said that the US nuclear regulatory commission can no longer delay a decision on whether to issue a permit for the long-stalled nuclear waste project at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

On a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel of the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit ordered the commission to promptly decide to license the project or reject the application.

The Obama Administration has said that it wants to abandon the project, but no formal decision has yet been made.