COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov.-elect Nikki Haley says she told President Barack Obama that South Carolina wants its money back if the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage site isn't opening.
Haley said she told Obama that the federal government has reneged on its promise, and South Carolina wants a refund.
The Nevada site was proposed to house more than 4,000 metric tons of high-level nuclear waste from South Carolina's Savannah River Site. The state and Washington have sued over Obama's attempt to kill plans for the storage site after decades of study.
South Carolina's power plants and its customers have contributed more than $1 billion to a permanent repository over nearly 30 years.
She says Obama pledged that he would have Energy secretary Steven Chu call her promptly.
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