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Arizona official calls for end to nuclear dump payments

A member of the Arizona Corporation Commission is asking the U.S. Energy secretary to end a requirement that customers of Arizona Public Service Co. and Salt River Project pay a fee into a nuclear waste repository fund.

In his letter, Commissioner Bob Stump said he wants the requirement to end because the Obama Administration has rejected Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste stockpile site.

Stump urged Energy Secretary Steven Chu to grant relief to Arizona’s rate payers, who Stumps says have already paid $258 million to the nuclear waste repository fund.

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Biden, McCarthy confident ‘final’ debt ceiling deal will gain enough votes

The compromise includes spending cuts but risks angering some lawmakers as they take a closer look at the concessions. Biden told reporters at the White House upon his return from Delaware that he was confident the plan will make it to his desk.