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

Posted June 1, 2010 10:11 p.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2010 10:36 p.m. EDT

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.