South Carolina sues US for $100M over failure to remove plutonium

COLUMBIA — South Carolina says it’s filed its largest lawsuit ever against the federal government, seeking to force the U.S. Department of Energy to make good on a deal over removing plutonium from the state.

The state said Tuesday that its lawsuit seeks to recover $100 million from the agency over failing to comply with an agreement to remove one metric ton of weapons-grade materials from the Savannah River Site.

The state tried to recover the fines as part of another lawsuit over the government’s inability to complete a nuclear fuel processing plant. But a judge ruled she couldn’t force the government to pay up.

The Energy Department didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

 

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