By Wayne Allen
September 10, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
According to the Association of Corporate Council (ACC), on Aug. 28 the federal government filed a motion to dismiss the case filed against them by USEC.
According to the ACC, “a motion to dismiss filed by the federal government urged the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to dismiss two charges by the United States Enrichment Corporation against the Department of Energy. USEC alleged the agency had underpaid the company by $38 million dollars over more than 35 contracts between 2003 and 2011. The government countered that the company does not have standing because the Department of Energy subcontractor agreements are between USEC and private contractors.”
According to USEC, the DOE is in breach of contract for not providing agreed reimbursements for work done at USEC facilities in Paducah, Ky., and the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon between 2003 and 2011. The exact amount of the claim identified in the suit is $37,970,480. Among the itemized list of claims is $12,578,267 for “Cold Standby/Deposit Removal,” $11,767,970 for “DOE Government Furnished Services” in Piketon, and $3,004,080 for “X3001 Equipment Removal.” The Associated Press reports that a bulk of the money in dispute comes from work done to decontaminate and decommission the plant in Portsmouth, and that work done at the Paducah plant accounts for about $25,000 of the claim.
According to Paul Jacobson, vice president of corporate communications for USEC, “Because of pending litigation we would normally not comment. I can say that we stand by the filings that we have made in the past.”
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