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May 3, 2015

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Nuclear industry suing feds to stop Yucca payments

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The Nuclear Energy Institute and several nuclear energy companies are suing the federal government over fees their customers pay for nuclear waste management programs.

These funds, generated by a one-tenth of a cent per kilowatt-hour surcharge for customers of utilities that use nuclear energy, goes towards the

development of a nuclear waste repository. It raises about $750 million a year.

In light of the decision to abandon plans to turn Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste dump, the companies and the NEI want the fees suspended until a new management program is defined and evaluated.

The companies involved in the lawsuit are: Florida Power & Light; NextEra Energy Seabrook; NextEra Energy Duane Arnold; NextEra Energy Point Beach; Omaha Public Power District; PSEG Nuclear; Indiana Michigan Power; Energy Northwest; PPL Susquehanna; The

Detroit Edison; Nebraska Public Power District; Northern States Power; Kansas Gas and Electric; Kansas City Power & Light; Kansas Electric Power Cooperative; and Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp.

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