Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against several federal agencies for allegedly violating the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA).
to Paxton, the federal government failed in its obligation to complete the licensing
process for a permanent nuclear waste storage repository at Yucca Mountain in
Nevada. In his lawsuit, Paxton contends that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(NRC) needs to make an up-or-down vote on the licensing of Yucca Mountain.
Paxton claims that the federal government ignored a 2012 court-ordered
deadline for a final decision on Yucca Mountain.
this, taxpayers have been burdened with the costs of temporary,
above-ground storage of nuclear waste, the lawsuit said. The government, according to Paxton, has
spent $5.3 billion in taxpayer funds for temporary nuclear waste storage to
date, and remaining liabilities for the waste will reach $23.7 billion, all
at taxpayer expense. Paxton contends that more than $40 billion sits idle in
the Nuclear Waste Fund.
“For decades, the federal government has ignored our growing
problem of nuclear waste,” Paxton said. “The NRC’s inaction on licensing Yucca Mountain subjects the public and the
environment to potential dangerous risks from radioactive waste. We do not
intend to sit quietly anymore.”