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Washington v. Bodman

ELR Citation: 35 ELR 20099
Nos. No. CV-03-5018-AAM, (E.D. Wash., 05/13/2005)

A district court expanded a preliminary injunction already in place to prevent the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from shipping any low-level or mixed low-level transuranic waste to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington. The risks associated with disposal of low-level or mixed low-level waste at Hanford outweigh the additional costs and schedule delays. But the court dissolved the injunction to the extent that it enjoined DOE from shipping transuranic waste from the Battelle West Jefferson site in Columbus, Ohio, to Hanford. However, to the extent there is transuranic mixed waste (TRUM) in that intended shipment, as little as it may be, DOE continues to be preliminarily enjoined until DOE establishes that additional shipments of TRUM to Hanford will not result in a violation of the Washington State Hazardous Waste Management Act.