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For Immediate Release: February 27, 2013
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Court Does 'the Right Thing' by Reopening Nuclear-Waste Fee Court Case: NARUC

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision today to reopen the case dealing with the Nuclear Waste Fund fees:

“The Court did the right thing by reopening the case and setting a relatively expedited briefing schedule. The most recent fee assessment contains the same flaws as the one previously before this same set of judges.  If their last opinion was any indication, it appears likely the court will conclude the Energy Department’s most recent evaluation of the fees paid into the fund is deficient and therefore the agency should stop assessing it until Congress adopts a new nuclear waste policy.  Either that or the Administration should resume the process established more than 30 years ago in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.”
--NARUC General Counsel Brad Ramsay

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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