Entergy Sues US Over Breached Nuclear Waste Contract

By Dietrich Knauth (September 27, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT) -- An Entergy Co. unit sued the U.S. government Wednesday, seeking damages for what it calls the government's decadelong, ongoing failure to dispose of spent nuclear fuel at two power plants in Michigan, which it says breaches a waste disposal contract.

Entergy Nuclear Palisades LLC filed its suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, saying it and the plants' previous owner have paid the Department of Energy $274 million in fees under the 1983 waste disposal contract, as a contribution toward building a long-term waste depository.

Under the terms of the plants' contract with the government, the U.S. agreed to begin...

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