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Federal Court Awards Energy Northwest Costs of Used Nuclear Fuel Storage

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A federal court ruled this week to award Energy Northwest $19.3 million in damages for the construction and licensing of a used fuel storage area at Columbia Generating Station. A federal court ruled this week to award Energy Northwest $19.3 million in damages for the construction and licensing of a used fuel storage area at Columbia Generating Station.

RICHLAND, WA - A federal court ruled this week to award Energy Northwest $19.3 million in damages for the construction and licensing of a used fuel storage area at Columbia Generating Station.

The ruling came nearly eight years after the court determined the U.S. Department of Energy was in breach of contract for its failure to accept the utility's used nuclear fuel.

Though Energy Northwest and the nuclear energy industry continue to advocate completion and use of a national repository, Columbia's used fuel can continue to be safely and securely kept for decades at the nuclear station's above-ground dry storage area.

According to court documents, Energy Northwest represents one of more than 60 such cases filed by nuclear utilities.

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