LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada wants a federal appeals court to dismiss a bid by the state of Texas to kick-start government funding and licensing for a long-fought plan to entomb the nation’s most radioactive waste in the desert outside Las Vegas.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday called his state’s filing against a Texas lawsuit pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals an important step in Nevada’s effort to prevent burial of 77,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain.

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Congress approved Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste storage in 2002, over Nevada’s objection.

It then cut off funding after former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid became Democratic majority leader in 2007.

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Nevada notes the Trump Administration is already seeking $120 million from Congress to restart the licensing process.

It accuses Texas of trying to usurp the budget process.

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