WASHINGTON -- In a significant vicory for states, the Supreme Court on Friday stuch down a key provision of a federal law that would have required states to take title to radioactive waste if they did not make other arrangements for its proper disposal.

In a 6-to-3 ruling in New York v. United States, the court said the so-called take-title provision of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985 violates the Constitution's 10th Amendment because it directs states to take specified actions.

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