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Government to Reimburse Maine Yankee $82 M
02/07/2013 9:55 AM ET  

The announcement follows the federal government's decision not to appeal a U.S. Court of Appeals judgment from last May over the disposal of nuclear waste.

WISCASSET, Maine (AP) _ The Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co. is being awarded nearly $82 million in damages in a legal dispute over disposal of nuclear waste.

The Times Record of Brunswick says Wednesday's announcement follows the federal government's decision not to appeal a U.S. Court of Appeals judgment from last May over the disposal of nuclear waste. The government was obligated to begin removing spent nuclear fuel from the decommissioned atomic plant in 1998, but still hasn't done so.

Charles Pray, former nuclear safety adviser for the state and U.S. Energy Department official, says taxpayers are paying the nearly $82 million awarded to Maine Yankee.

Maine Yankee spokesman Eric Howes says this is only the first case, which extends through 2002. Maine Yankee is seeking $35 million more for 2002 through 2008.

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