Nevada seeks new injunction to block plutonium shipments

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Thursday, February 07 2019 Feb 7, 2019 February 07, 2019 1:46 PM February 07, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's attorney general is making another bid for a court order blocking any future shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas.

Aaron Ford filed notice Monday that the state will appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal judge in Reno refused to grant an earlier request for an order prohibiting any shipments.

He filed a new motion in federal court in Reno on Thursday seeking a preliminary injunction to block the arrival of any more plutonium in Nevada until the San Francisco-based appellate court rules on the appeal.

The Energy Department disclosed for the first time last month that it secretly trucked 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms) of the highly radioactive material to the site sometime before November when the state first filed a lawsuit seeking to ban the shipments from South Carolina.

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