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SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project

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By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Attorney General Alan Wilson accuses the federal government of acting unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline. The suit also seeks daily fines of $1 million and plutonium removal.

The project is years behind schedule and billions over budget. Because the facility isn't operating, the federal government was supposed to remove 1 metric ton of plutonium from South Carolina or pay fines.

The project's future is unclear. In his budget submitted Tuesday, President Obama included minimal funding for the mixed-oxide fuel project.

South Carolina dropped an earlier lawsuit against the administration after officials said they wanted to shutter the project.

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