Nebraska Denied Appeal on Nuclear Waste Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says he is disappointed a federal appeals court rejected the state's request for a rehearing in the low-level nuclear waster lawsuit.

Bruning says the state will continue to pursue all avenues in finding a resolution to the case -- including further appeals and settlement discussions.

Nebraska requested the full Eight U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case after a three-judge panel ruled against the state in February.

The denial leaves the state with an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as it's last court option.

Nebraska was ordered to pay $151 million in damages for blocking construction of a five-state radioactive waste dump. The dump was to hold waste from Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

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