Up in arms against a proposal of the US department of energy to abandon radioactive waste buried in storage tanks, environmentalists have filed a lawsuit against the department in the US district court in Boise. They have alleged that the toxic waste would contaminate water resources. The tanks, buried at sites in Idaho, Washington and South Carolina, held millions of gallons of liquid acid used to reprocess spent fuel rods. All three sites are near aquifers or rivers that could become polluted if the containers leak, the lawsuit says.
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