Nevada has filed a lawsuit challenging the government’s plan to ship weapons grade plutonium to the Nevada National Security Site about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
The suit, which was filed Nov. 30, seeks a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration. The suit argues plans to temporairly store plutonium at the site violates EPA regulations. It also charges that the DOE failed to prepare a new environmental impact statement that evaluates the shipping and storing of one metric ton of plutonium. The suit says the shipping of the material poses a risk to Nevadans.
“As I have made clear throughout my tenure as Governor, Nevada will not stand for anything that could potentially harm the health, safety and/or welfare of our citizens,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “So long as I am Governor of the Silver State, Nevada will fight this issue at every level.”