Nuclear waste group backs D.C. Circuit rulings

December 20, 2013 – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ruled on two motions pertaining to the Court’s November 19, 2013 mandate concerning suspension of consumer payments into the Nuclear Waste Fund.  The Court (i) granted a motion filed by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) for expedited issuance of the Court’s mandate; and (ii) denied a Department of Energy (DOE) motion for more time within which to seek rehearing.  In response to the positive rulings, the NWSC issued the following statement: 

“The Court has sent another strong signal to the federal government that it’s time for action,” said NWSC Chairman and Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner David Boyd.  “Clearly, the Court agrees that the nation’s electric consumers have paid long enough for services promised, but not rendered, by the federal government.  We applaud the Court’s decision to hold DOE’s feet to the fire by denying their request for more time to consider legal options and by granting the NARUC and NEI motion to expedite issuance of the Court’s mandate.”

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 The Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition is an ad hoc organization representing the collective interests of member state utility regulators, consumer advocates, tribal governments, local governments, electric utilities, and other public and private sector experts on nuclear waste policy matters.  NWSC’s primary focus is to protect ratepayer payments into the Nuclear Waste Fund and to support the removal and ultimate disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste currently stranded at sites across the country.