A federal appeals court panel has delivered the second legal defeat in three weeks to a company seeking to build and operate a low-level nuclear waste dump in the Mojave Desert.
A three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed the case of US Ecology Inc. on Tuesday. The case sought to force the U.S. Department of Interior to sell a 1.7-square-mile Ward Valley site to the state of California for use as a dump for radioactive waste.
The state had contracted with the Idaho firm in 1985 to develop the site, near Needles, 25 miles west of the Colorado River.
In an opinion written by Judge Harry T. Edwards, the panel found that US Ecology lacks the standing to contest the federal government's refusal to sell the site.