Appeals Judges Seem Dubious Of DOE's Collecting Nuke-Waste Fees

"Federal judges [Wednesday] posed stiff questions to Department of Energy officials on why the agency continues to collect fees for disposing of nuclear waste even though it has no operating national repository."

"The entire three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit appeared skeptical of DOE's arguments for maintaining the $750 million it collects from utilities annually.

Senior Judge David Sentelle said that under the law, DOE was supposed to have a repository up and running by 1998. But it has failed to do so, and it abandoned the proposed Yucca Mountain project in Nevada more than three years ago."

Jeremy P. Jacobs reports for Greenwire September 25, 2013.

Source: Greenwire, 09/26/2013