WA AG taking new step in nuclear waste dispute

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna called a news conference Friday in Seattle to announce what his office is calling a major new development in the legal fight to clean up radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

McKenna's office says it involves continuation of the process to license the Yucca Mountain, Nev., site.

A waste processing plant under construction at Hanford is designed to turn 53 million gallons of waste from underground tanks into glass logs that were to be buried at Yucca Mountain.

The Energy Department spent $10 billion developing Yucca Mountain as a national disposal site before it was rejected by the Obama administration.