Former Govs. Seek to End Nuclear Waste Shipments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho Govs. Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus have filed a notice of their intent to sue the federal government over proposed shipments of spent commercial nuclear fuel rods to Idaho.

The former governors sent the notice Thursday to the U.S. Department of Energy seeking to halt the shipments scheduled to arrive in June and December at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho.

Batt, a Republican, and Andrus, a Democrat, both fought commercial nuclear waste shipments culminating with a 1995 agreement banning them.

Andrus at a Thursday morning news conference says the proposed shipments are part of a piecemeal repeal of that 1995 agreement.

The governors contend the Department of Energy is failing to comply with federal environmental laws in shipping the waste to Idaho.