The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held a lawsuit in abeyance on August 3, giving Congress four more months to decide how to address the shutdown of Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing work on the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste repository in Nevada. The opinions of the majority of judges on the court strongly suggests that if Congress does not unequivocally prohibit work at Yucca Mountain, the court will order the commission to resume its review of the Energy Department’s operating license application. Though the court’s decision allows congress more time to make a determination in the current budget cycle, Congress has given no indication that is plans to do so.