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Idaho judge rules Energy Dept. must remove radioactive sludge from SC tanks

(Twin Falls, Idaho-AP) Aug. 20, 2003 - South Carolina, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are asking the US Energy Department to follow federal law and to remove radioactive sludge in underground tanks.

The Energy Department last month lost a lawsuit by activists and tribes and backed by the states. US District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Boise, Idaho, ordered the Energy Department to follow the law and remove the sludge from storage tanks at the Savannah River Site near Aiken and other sites in Idaho and Washington.

The Energy Department claims the ruling is unworkable. The agency is asking Congress to "clarify" the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act.

South Carolina, Idaho, Washington and Oregon have sent a joint letter to Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, urging him to abide by the decision.

posted 10:16am by Chris Rees

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