Nevada has filed a federal lawsuit to try and stop a shipment of military-grade plutonium from entering its borders.
The state cited health and environmental concerns in its motion to prevent the Trump administration from shipping a metric ton of the plutonium from the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina to the Nevada National Security Site.
Nevada claims the Trump administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 by failing to conduct an environmental impact study to adequately determine the risks.
In addition, the state claims the DOE failed to look at five alternative sites in New Mexico, Texas and Tennessee before selecting Nevada.
The Energy Department is under federal court order in South Carolina to move the plutonium.