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Energy Northwest Wins Small Victory in Battle Over Where to Store Used Nuclear Fuel

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A battle over where to put the used nuclear fuel created by the Columbia Generating Station resulted in a small victory this week. A battle over where to put the used nuclear fuel created by the Columbia Generating Station resulted in a small victory this week.

RICHLAND, WA - A battle over where to put the used nuclear fuel created by the Columbia Generating Station resulted in a small victory this week.

A federal court awarded Energy Northwest just under $20 million in damages for the construction and licensing of a used fuel storage area.

While there is still no long-term solution from the Department of Energy, the local nuclear utility said the used fuel is safely and securely stored in above ground storage areas right now.

"Very, very safe. They can be there for the next 100 years if they need be. The point is, we don't want them to be here. We want them to be in a central facility," said Public Information Officer, Michael Paoli.

He stressed the importance of differentiating the used nuclear fuel from the Columbia Generating Station from Hanford waste.