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USEC sues feds, seeks funds for decontamination

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The company that operated nuclear plants in Kentucky and Ohio is suing the U.S. Department of Energy claiming the federal government owes it almost $38 million in unpaid fees.

United States Enrichment Corporation claims the federal government failed to properly reimburse the company for work it did under contract at the gaseous diffusion plants in Paducah, Ky., and Portsmouth, Ohio, from 2003 through 2011.

The bulk of the money in dispute comes from work done to decontaminate and decommission the plant in Portsmouth. Work done at the Paducah plant accounts for about $25,000 of the claim.

The company filed the suit May 30 in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

A spokesman for the Energy Department did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday morning.

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