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SC GOV. ELECT HALEY TELLS PRESIDENT AT WHITE HOUSE:  GIVE US OUR YUCCA $$$s BACK

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

December 3, 2010
Nuclear Townhall

According to the Associated Press, South Carolina Governor-elect and rising Republican star Nikki Haley has told President Obama directly that the state “wants its money back if the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage site isn’t opening.”

The Governor-elect apparently advised the President at a White House meeting this week that “the federal government has reneged on its promise, and South Carolina wants a refund.”

South Carolina electricity consumers have invested more than a $1 billion in the government’s Nuclear Waste Fund, which has a balance of an estimated $23 billion.  The state is also storing thousands of tons of defense nuclear materials that are earmarked for the national site.

Utilities and regulatory commissioners are suing to suspend the almost $800 million that is collected from electricity consumers annually for the Fund.  South Carolina is among several plaintiffs in Federal Court charging that the Energy Department has violated the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, among other things.

The Obama Administration has requested no funding for the project in FY2011 and is seeking to permanently withdraw a license application for Yucca Mountain, now pending before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Haley told AP that “Obama pledged that he would have Energy Secretary Steven Chu call her promptly.”


Read more about it at Carolina Live