Entergy's nuclear waste lawsuit against government one of many
Caroline MacGregor October 10, 2012 | WGVU
Entergy Corporation says it
is paying 6 million dollars a year to the government to remove nuclear waste from
Palisades but the Energy Department has breached its obligation to do so.
“For several years customers have been paying into a nuclear waste fund which was funding for the Yucca Mountian Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada and the government has breached it's obligation to take this fuel so that was the reason behind it and it's gone on for quite a long time.”
That was Entergy
spokesman, Terry Young, who says they have spent about 100 million to
store waste at plants around the country.
Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was designated as a storage facility
for spent nuclear reactor fuel
and other high level radioactive waste
but funding for the project was withdrawn by the government after aggressive
opposition to the site’s use as a dumping ground for nuclear waste by Nevada
Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“Recently, within the past few years, that repository was taken off the table for consideration as a federal waste repository and a blue ribbon commission was put together to start from a blank page after a significant amount of money had been invested into this viable facility in Nevada. As it stand, nuclear waste is being stored safely at plants around the country.”
So far, lawsuits have been filed for each of Entergy’s nuclear stations, and two for Grand Gulf in Mississippi and Arkansas
Nuclear One. Entergy has been paid for
judgments for Indian Point 1 and 2 in New York State and for the first Grand Gulf lawsuit.
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