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Washington congressmen discuss nuclear fuel storage

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- U.S. Congressmen Doc Hastings and Jay
Inslee plan to talk about nuclear waste storage Friday while
visiting the Northwest's lone nuclear plant.
      Energy Northwest, operator of Columbia Generating Station, has
built storage to safely hold its used nuclear fuel. But the utility
recently won $56.9 million in damages from the Energy Department
for failing to begin accepting its spent fuel at a national
repository.
      The Energy Department wants to withdraw its application to build
the Yucca Mountain repository 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The
Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering the proposal.
      Washington is among those suing to prevent the government from
killing the project. Waste from the highly contaminated Hanford
nuclear reservation also has been long planned to go there.

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