SC, Dept. of Energy in court about nuclear fuel lawsuit
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Attorneys for the federal government and the state of South Carolina are in court arguing about a lawsuit concerning an unfinished plant to turn old plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.
A federal judge in Columbia is hearing arguments Thursday in South Carolina's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy over the mixed oxide fuel project at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.
South Carolina is suing the federal government because the project is well past its start date. The state is seeking daily fines of up to $1 million, as well as the removal of plutonium from the state.
The federal government is asking that the lawsuit be dismissed, saying that such issues are best handled in a different type of court.