Spent Nuclear Fuel Costs Skyrocket As Cases Drag On

Law360, New York (September 30, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT) -- For 12 years, the U.S. government and commercial nuclear utilities have been locked in a fierce legal battle over spent nuclear fuel disposal contracts. As the cases drag on, they are extracting a high price from the government, utilities and ratepayers, with no easy end in sight, experts say.

When 76 companies, primarily commercial utilities, inked contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy in 1983, they were told that in exchange for a quarterly fee, the federal government would begin picking up and permanently disposing of...
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