Supreme court denies appeals

3 August 2002

The US Supreme Court has decided that it would not hear appeals from four utilities seeking to challenge the government's nuclear waste "clean-up programme".

In the national Energy Policy Act of 1992, the US Congress ordered utilities that used government uranium enrichment services to pay a third of the clean-up expenses. The companies that used the services are paying about $150 million per year over a 15-year period. Commonwealth Edison (now part of Exelon), Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company, Omaha Public Company and Sacramento Municipal Utility District argued that much of the contamination pre-dates their entry into nuclear power.
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