ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The state of Alaska sued President Reagan and four Cabinet members Wednesday in an attempt to stop a U.S.-Japanese nuclear accord that would allow shipments of deadly plutonium through the state.
The accord is classified, but Alaska officials charged it will give Japan blanket approval to ship bomb-grade plutonium from European processing plants to Japan for nuclear power plants and that flights will refuel in Alaska.
Federal officials are close to approving the 30-year accord even though there is no safe way to transport large amounts of plutonium by air, the suit says. It accuses the government of endangering the population of Alaska and violating the National Environmental Policy Act.
Alaska Gov. Steve Cowper sued in U.S. District Court to stop two agreements at least until the government studies the consequences of plutonium shipments. Named in the suit are Reagan, Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger, Energy Secretary John S. Herrington, a yet-to-be-named secretary of transportation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Lando Zech Jr. and their agencies.