JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy today issued the following release:

Moving the nation's nuclear waste to a single, Federal repository has received new emphasis with the re-introduction of legislation by U.S. Representative Fred Upton of Michigan in the new session of Congress. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act (H.R. 45) is similar to legislation introduced by Rep. Upton in 1998 which passed the House of Representatives by a 307-120 margin, but never came up for vote in the Senate.

Ten other members of the Michigan congressional delegation are among the 47 co-sponsors of H.R. 45: Reps. James Barcia, David Bonior, Dave Camp, Vernon Ehlers, Peter Hoekstra, Dale Kildee, Joe Knollenberg, Nick Smith, Debbie Stabenow and Bart Stupak. It is expected that companion legislation will be introduced in the U.S. Senate early in 1999.

"We support this bill and Rep. Upton's tenacious efforts to ensure that the Federal government live up to its past commitments on nuclear waste. While the current spent nuclear fuel storage systems at our Palisades and Big Rock Point facilities are doing the job, there clearly is long-term advantage in moving spent nuclear fuel off the shores of Lake Michigan and elsewhere in our country to a single, Federal repository at the Yucca Mountain, Nevada site," said Consumers Energy's Chairman, William T. McCormick, Jr.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest utility providing natural gas and electricity to more than six million of the state's nine and one-half million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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