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Nevada accuses DOE of 'secret plutonium smuggling operation'

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Posted at 9:54 AM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 12:54:33-05

RENO, Nev. (AP) - — Nevada says the U.S. Energy Department is engaged in a "secret plutonium smuggling operation" that threatens Nevada's health, safety and environment.

It's again asking a federal judge to order the removal of weapons-grade material that the government shipped to a security site near Las Vegas over the state's objections.

The state's latest filing this week in Reno is part of a yearlong legal battle. It urges a judge to reject the government's motion to dismiss Nevada's lawsuit challenging the shipments.

The Energy Department says the issue is moot because it's already promised no more plutonium will come to Nevada.