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Energy Dept. to Pay $600M to Settle South Carolina Plutonium Lawsuit
To settle a lawsuit filed in 2016, the federal government will pay $600 million to South Carolina in recognition of the Department of Energy’s inability to remove several metric tons of plutonium from the state by a legal deadline of 2022, the parties said Monday. The money is expected by the end of September from the Treasury Department’s Judgment Fund, rather than the DOE budget. The settlement also calls for the Energy Department to move some 9.5 metric tons of weapon-usable plutonium, now stored at the Savannah River Site, out of South Carolina by 2037 — or else pay the state even more money. That is years sooner than the…
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