COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An economic development group wants to be part of South Carolina's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy for the agency's failure to meet a Jan. 1 nuclear fuel deadline.
South Carolina Alliance filed papers in federal court Thursday seeking to intervene. The group is a nonprofit that represents impoverished areas near the Savannah River Site and says it will be affected financially if the mixed-oxide project is completed or not.
The yet-to-be completed plant is intended to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel. South Carolina sued earlier this year, seeking to force the Energy Department to remove plutonium from the state or pay up to $1 million in daily fines.
The Alliance says its constituents would benefit from the plant's productivity, as well as the fine money.