2001 YUCCA MOUNTAIN LAWSUITS IN THE NEWS

Read past news and articles on Yucca Mountain lawsuit information.

December 28, 2001 -- State loses another skirmish in fight against Yucca dump   CARSON CITY - The state has suffered a second setback this month in its legal fight to stop the designation of Yucca Mountain as the nation's high-level nuclear waste repository -- By Cy Ryan (Las Vegas Sun)

December 28, 2001 -- Court rejects Nevada appeal of radiation standard  CARSON CITY - The state has suffered a setback in its efforts to fight construction of a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa said Thursday -- By Sean Whaley (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

December 25, 2001 -- Nuclear Energy Institute seeks to challenge Nevada's Yucca suit  WASHINGTON - The Nuclear Energy Institute has filed a motion in federal court seeking to challenge Nevada's lawsuit against site guidelines for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository -- Las Vegas Review-Journal

December 18, 2001 -- New Suit Filed Against U.S. About Nuclear Waste Dump  WASHINGTON The State of Nevada filed suit today in its continuing effort to prevent the federal government from establishing a nuclear waste burial site at Yucca Mountain, about 90 miles from Las Vegas -- By Matthew L. Wald (New York Times)

December 18, 2001 -- Nevada sues Energy Department   WASHINGTON - The state of Nevada filed a lawsuit Monday to halt the Yucca Mountain Project, challenging Energy Department ground rules for judging whether the site is suitable for nuclear waste storage -- By Steve Tetreault (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

December 18, 2001 -- Nuclear industry studies role in Yucca suit  WASHINGTON - The nuclear industry may intervene in a lawsuit filed Monday by Nevada officials against the Energy Department -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)

December 15, 2001 -- Yucca Mountain: DOE denies appeal on site rules  Denial sets stage for a lawsuit Nevada officials expect to file in Washington -- By Steve Tetreault (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

December 14, 2001 -- Yucca Mountain battle heats up   WASHINGTON State officials say they will start using recent government reports about mismanagement and conflicts of interest at Yucca Mountain in lawsuits attempting to block the Energy Department from moving forward with plans to build the nuclear waste dump -- By Doug Abrahms (Reno Gazette-Journal)

December 07, 2001 -- Nevadans plan to file complaint in Yucca case  WASHINGTON - Nevada's lawmakers in Congress plan to file a formal complaint against the law firm that was shepherding the Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain project -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)

November 16, 2001 -- Probe confirms conflict of interest for Yucca law firm   WASHINGTON - The Department of Energy could decide within 15 days what will happen to Winston & Strawn, the law firm that is handling the legal work for DOE's Yucca Mountain project -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)

November 15, 2001 -- DOE's Yucca probe points to firm's bias  WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy's law firm on the Yucca Mountain project may have had a serious, undisclosed conflict of interest with the nuclear industry, the DOE's internal investigator today revealed -- By Benjamin Grove and Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)

November 08, 2001 -- Nevada congresswoman asks probe of Yucca Mountain law firm   LAS VEGAS A Nevada congresswoman has asked the District of Columbia Bar to step up a conflict-of-interest investigation of a law firm working on a proposal for a nuclear waste dump near Las Vegas -- Associated Press

November 07, 2001 -- Berkley seeks inquiry into document release  WASHINGTON - Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., on Tuesday asked the District of Columbia Bar to investigate an impropriety allegation against a law firm working on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project -- By Steve Tetreault (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

October 26, 2001 -- State may challenge approval of Yucca design guidelines   Nevada officials are considering legal options over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval of guidelines that allow the Department of Energy to begin designing a repository at Yucca Mountain, a state official said -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)

October 12, 2001 -- Berkley seeks probe of Yucca law firm  WASHINGTON - Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., today asked the Washington, D.C., bar association to investigate conflict-of-interest allegations against the Chicago law firm handling legal work on the Yucca Mountain project -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)

September 24, 2001 -- Yucca law firm remains silent on conflict probe   WASHINGTON - Lawyers at the Chicago law firm handling legal work for the Yucca Mountain project - subjects of an ongoing federal conflict-of-interest investigation - are still mum about the allegations -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)

September 12, 2001 -- State hires law firm to contest Yucca plan  CARSON CITY - State officials on Tuesday hired a Washington, D.C., law firm at a cost of $2.5 million to fight federal efforts to build a high-level nuclear waste repository 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas at Yucca Mountain -- By Sean Whaley (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

August 04, 2001 -- Yucca Mountain: Law firm conflicts to be investigated  WASHINGTON - The Energy Department's inspector general agreed Friday to look into a law firm's possible conflicts of interest with the government's nuclear waste disposal program, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said following a meeting with the investigator -- By Steve Tetreault (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

August 03, 2001 -- Guinn points to law firm in bid to halt Yucca work  WASHINGTON - Gov. Kenny Guinn has asked the Bush administration to halt work at the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository while investigators examine whether a government-hired law firm had a conflict of interest that could compromise the program -- Las Vegas Review-Journal

August 02, 2001 -- Guinn seeks halt of Yucca work  Gov. Kenny Guinn has asked Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham to stop work at the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain while an independent investigation is conducted into an alleged conflict of interest involving a Chicago-based law firm -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)

July 31, 2001 -- Nevada wants Yucca lawyers probed  The law firm hired by the Energy Department to review Yucca Mountain documents -- and is now the focus of conflict-of-interest charges -- has begun an internal examination of the charges, the firm's chairman told the Sun today -- By Mary Manning and Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)

July 28, 2001 -- Law Firm Lobbied for Nuclear Industry While Advising Government  WASHINGTON The law firm hired to advise the Energy Department on how to open a nuclear- waste dump at Yucca Mountain, near Las Vegas, was simultaneously lobbying Congress and the administration on behalf of the nuclear power industry about crucial decisions involving the project -- By Matthew L. Wald (New York Times)

July 27, 2001 -- Law firm for DOE lobbied for Yucca Nevada lawmakers see conflict of interest  WASHINGTON - The law firm being paid $16.5 million by the Energy Department to complete legal work for its Yucca Mountain repository has been lobbying to get the project built -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)

July 27, 2001 -- Rival law firm sues over DOE selection  WASHINGTON - Winston & Strawn, a Yucca Mountain project law firm, is not a stranger to conflict-of-interest charges. Two years after the Energy Department awarded the Chicago-based law firm a $16.5 million contract to review Yucca Mountain documents, it is still fending off allegations on several fronts -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)

July 03, 2001 -- EPA rule for Yucca Mountain faces two lawsuits  The state of Nevada Nuclear Projects Agency and a coalition of national and Nevada-based environmental and public interest groups filed separate lawsuits June 27, challenging the new radiation protection standards for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository -- Environmental News Network

June 28, 2001 -- EPA sued over Yucca standards  Nevada's Nuclear Projects Agency and a consortium of environmental groups filed separate federal lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday challenging the adequacy of the EPA's standards for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository -- By Keith Rogers (Las Vegas Review-Journal)


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