Government challenges order halting water use at Yucca site (LVRJ)

LAS VEGAS–The other shoe dropped Wednesday in the squabble between the federal government and Nevada over using the state’s water for drill rigs at the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. Justice Department attorneys on behalf of the Department of Energy filed an emergency motion in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas seeking to block State Engineer Tracy Taylor’s June 1 cease-and-desist order, which was reinstated Friday.

“The state engineer’s application of Nevada water law stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress with respect to DOE’s ongoing work at the Yucca Mountain site,” reads the court papers that were filed at the close of business Wednesday by Acting Assistant Attorney General Ronald Tenpas and Stephen Bartell, attorney for the Justice Department’s Natural Resources Section in Washington, D.C. Read the complete article at the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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