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Nevada suing US in bid to block plan for plutonium shipments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is suing the federal government in a bid to stop announced plans to ship plutonium from South Carolina to a former U.S. nuclear proving ground north of Las Vegas.

In a statement Tuesday, outgoing Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Adam Laxalt repeated a vow that the state will fight the Department of Energy plan to store radioactive bomb-making material at the Nevada Nuclear Security Site.

The lawsuit was filed Friday. Sandoval says Nevada won’t stand for the threat the shipments could pose to public health and safety.

Security site spokesman Gregory Wolf says the Energy Department has been ordered by a federal judge in South Carolina to move plutonium from the federal Savannah River complex by January 2020.

Wolf says the material is expected to eventually be sent to Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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