Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued the following statement on the D.C. Circuit Court's order to hold the Yucca Mountain case in abeyance:
"I am encouraged by the fact the judges recognize the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a duty to consider the licensing of Yucca Mountain, but disappointed that the NRC was not ordered to act without delay. Decisions about nuclear waste storage in this country are of critical importance to our state as we continue the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and manage the legacy of contamination that the federal government left us with following nuclear weapon production. I urge Congress to bring resolve to this issue."