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Activist battled nuke waste dump


WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Egan, a nuclear engineer-turned-lawyer who led Nevada’s legal campaign to block a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, died May 7 at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 53.

The cause was gastroesop­hageal cancer, his family said.

Egan, in an obituary he wrote weeks ago that was posted on his law firm’s website after his death, said that he had arranged for his ashes to be spread at Yucca Mountain, in southern Nevada, with the words “radwaste buried here only over my dead body.”

Egan’s wife, Patricia, said Egan had been cremated, adding, “We are going to do it.”

Legal challenges by Egan’s firm, Egan, Fitzpatric­k & Malsch, have helped set back the the U.S. Energy Department’s project at Yucca by years.

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