Washington State doesn’t have the right to refuse more dumping of radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. In 2004, nearly 70 percent of Washingtonians voted to keep the federal government from disposing of more toxic waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation until the highly polluted Superfund site is cleaned up. The Bush administration immediately sued, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has found that “although the desire to take action against further environmental contamination and to protect the health and welfare of the community is understandable,” Washington’s law is preempted by federal law. Radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel have contaminated 80 square miles of groundwater near Hanford. The state may appeal to the Supreme Court.
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Millions alive today would have to die before the paleo diet could take over
Washington state just lopped up to $2,500 off the cost of solar panels. Here’s how.
Goodbye, everyone! A massive hole has opened at the End of the World
Lay off the almond milk, you ignorant hipsters
Nestlé doesn’t want you to know how much water it’s bottling from the California desert