Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Dec 22 2011
 OLYMPIA -- The Washington Supreme Court today upheld a challenge to state water law, affirming the states’ position that groundwater used for stock-watering purposes is exempt from the requirement to apply for a water permit. 
Jul 29 2011
SEATTLE – Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced that Washington filed a new lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The suit is a major development in the state’s longstanding fight to ensure timely cleanup of 56 million gallons of nuclear waste stored in Hanford’s leaky underground tanks, and continuation of the process to license Yucca Mountain as a deep geologic disposal site.
Jul 1 2011
OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna issued the following statement today regarding the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejecting a request to stop the federal Department of Energy (DOE) from unilaterally terminating the Yucca Mountain development process
Dec 10 2010
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna issued the following statement responding to today’s federal court of appeals decision that the lawsuit concerning Yucca Mountain’s designation as a national nuclear waste disposal can move forward:
Oct 26 2010
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle in Spokane has approved and entered a judicial consent decree that imposes a new, enforceable and achievable schedule for cleaning up waste from Hanford’s underground tanks.
Oct 6 2010
 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) jointly filed a motion today in U.S. District Court asking the court to approve and enter a judicial consent decree that imposes a new, enforceable, and achievable schedule for cleaning up waste from Hanford’s underground tanks. 
Jul 15 2010
Ecology Division Chief Mary Sue Wilson today represented Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna before the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Wash., asking the Commission to follow federal law and keep the Yucca Mountain facility under consideration as a potential repository for Washington's treated high-level nuclear waste.
Jun 29 2010
 OLYMPIA — The state of Washington today won an important victory in its fight to prevent the federal government from permanently removing the nation’s only Congressionally approved, high-level nuclear waste repository from future consideration.
Jun 2 2010
Attorney General Rob McKenna and expert assistant attorneys general in his office this week will continue to fight the federal government’s attempt to permanently remove the nation’s only Congressionally-approved high-level nuclear waste repository from future consideration. 
Apr 13 2010
Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced Washington has filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to prevent the federal Department of Energy (DOE) from irrevocably terminating the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste repository by withdrawing “with prejudice” its license application for the repository. DOE’s action would unilaterally and forever preclude any further consideration of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository

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