Judge refuses to stop Yucca water use (LVRJ)

Energy Department can finish Phase 1 drilling

LAS VEGAS–U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt on Thursday denied motions by Nevada attorneys to make the Department of Energy stop using the state’s water for all bore hole drilling operations at the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.

In so doing, Hunt urged lawyers for both sides to sit down and work out their differences rather than “dig in their heels” and not budge on their respective positions.

“I am directing — sharply suggesting, short of requiring — that the parties get together seriously and reasonably,” Hunt said after announcing his decision without hearing arguments.

Later, he said, “The court could craft an agreement that neither one of you are going to like.”

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