Feds Tell State Yucca Mountain Drilling, Water Use will continue

Nevada will go back to a judge if necessary to force the Energy Department to stop using water for drilling test holes at a proposed national nuclear waste dump in the Nevada desert.

That's according to a state official who says the DOE is thumbing is nose at a U.S. District Court judge's ruling that the state has the right to deny water for test hole drilling at the Yucca Mountain site.

The state followed on Wednesday with a demand for the Energy
Department to quit pumping and using groundwater for bore holes at
the arid site, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Now, the acting director of Yucca Mountain operations office in Las Vegas is declaring some drilling exempt from the June first cease-and-desist order that was issued by the state engineer and upheld by the judge.

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