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N.C. to not pay penalties for backing out of nuke waste deal

Posted June 1, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that North Carolina will not have to pay for backing out of a 1986 low-level nuclear disposal deal.

The plan was to build a disposal site in Wake County that would have taken radioactive waste from seven Southeastern states.

Construction took longer than expected and the state decide to withdrawal from the deal in 1999.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that North Carolina will not have to pay more than $80 million in penalties sought by the other states.


 

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  • redspringssean Jun 2, 2010

    If you want to freak people out, all you need to do is mention the word radioactive and they go nuts. Like Peginsecunda said this was a low level waste repository that was being considered and this type of waste decays over a period of 30 years or less and is not the high level material that needs to be stored in the Yucca Mountains for a few million years. According to the NRC website, low level typically includes items such as protective shoe covers and clothing, wiping rags, mops, filters, reactor water treatment residues, equipments and tools, luminous dials, medical tubes, swabs, injection needles, syringes, and laboratory animal carcasses and tissues. So what happens to this waste? Low-level waste is typically stored on-site by licensees, either until it has decayed away and can be disposed of as ordinary trash.

  • 2kidz1hub Jun 2, 2010

    Biker says "No one wants to have radioactive waste in their state. However, NC made an agreement to take the waste and backed out of their deal."

    I agree---we were happy to send our "toxic waste" to the other states, but when it came our turn to be the "host" we backed out of the deal. I know were are in a financial bind, but we should have paid the fine!

    Question is--where are we disposing of our waste now!!!

  • wideNCawake Jun 2, 2010

    ...great the $80 million extortion penalty is waived!

  • paginasecunda Jun 2, 2010

    This was low-level nuclear waste, as it says in the thing. We aren't talking about stuff that's all that dangerous. The dangerous stuff is "high-level" nuclear waste.

  • McLovin Jun 2, 2010

    How does Wake County become the designated spot for Nuclear waste from seven states???? You are talking about one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, much less North Carolina. I know this deal was approved in 1986, but really?? There are plenty of low density populated counties in NC. At least we dont have to pay 80 million in penalties...

  • HDBiker Jun 2, 2010

    No one wants to have radioactive waste in their state. However, NC made an agreement to take the waste and backed out of their deal. I believe SC is where most of the waste is going. SC should charge them ten times what they are charging now or they should refuse to take anymore. If NC can back out of their deal, SC should be able to back out of theirs to take NC's waste.