Energy Department responds to nuke waste fee lawsuit

Energy Department spokeswoman Jenni Lee provides the following comment about the lawsuit that utilities filed against DoE Monday over federal nuclear waste fees:

“President Obama is taking action to restart the nuclear industry as part of a broad approach to cut carbon pollution and create new clean energy jobs, including an $8 billion loan guarantee for a nuclear power plant in Georgia. The Administration is fully committed to keeping the nation’s commitment to safely store and manage spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. The fees collected from the nuclear industry are legally mandated and reviewed every year, and will pay the cost of the eventual, long-term disposition of the materials. Secretary Chu has appointed a Blue Ribbon Commission of respected, bipartisan experts to make recommendations on these issues, including how the fees should be handled moving forward.”