Justice Department attorneys are concerned about another shutdown following the recent deal to reopen the government for three weeks, and are asking a court to maintain a stay in proceedings in a nuclear waste contract dispute.
A lapse in appropriations may recur following the expiration of the three-week period of appropriations, they told the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Jan. 29.
Judge Thomas C. Wheeler’s Jan. 16 stay in the dispute with
DOJ attorneys also said a continued stay is necessary because they must address a significant backlog of work from the recent shutdown.
They won’t be able to address all backlogged case-related matters for some time, their filing said.
The case involves Duke’s effort to recover costs from the Department of Energy’s alleged breach of a contract to accept and remove nuclear waste from the Crystal River plant in Florida.
The case is Duke Energy Progress LLC v. United States, Fed. Cl., No. 18-891C, notice 1/29/19.