WASHINGTON - The Department of Interior has rescinded the offer it made last year to transfer land at Ward Valley, Calif., to the state for use as a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility. Instead, the federal government has ordered new environmental and scientific studies that will take at least one year to complete, Deputy Secretary of Interior John Garamendi announced.

Interior will compile a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the site, which has been licensed by California regulators and already has been