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US: Nevada Has 'Remarkable' Disregard For National Security

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is accusing Nevada of disregarding national security during its legal battle challenging last year's secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium by federal officials to a site near Las Vegas.

The department called Nevada's stance "remarkable" in documents filed in federal court in Reno this week.

The documents urged a judge to dismiss Nevada's lawsuit challenging the shipment of the highly radioactive material while a U.S. appellate court considers the state's appeal of an earlier ruling refusing to temporarily ban any future shipments.

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Nevada says the Trump administration has acted in bad faith by abusing "top secret" classifications to meet the court-ordered removal of plutonium from South Carolina by the end of this year.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has said no more plutonium will go to Nevada.