Trump Donor-Fundraiser Loses Antitrust Case: U.S. District Court Blocks EnergySolutions’ Acquisition of WCS Nuclear Waste Site (June 21, 2017 Ruling)

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WCS west Texas nuclear waste dump

Energy Solutions, owned by Trump large donor Doug Kimmelman, wants to take-over competitor WCS in clear violation of antitrust law. Thus, The United States of America, acting under the direction of the Attorney General of the United States, brings this civil antitrust action to enjoin EnergySolutions, Inc. (“ES”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Holdco, Inc. (“Rockwell”), from acquiring Waste Control Specialists LLC (“WCS”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Andrews County Holdings, Inc.https://www.justice.gov/atr/case-document/file/911051/download
Energy Solutions Clive Nuclear Waste Dump :
(San Onofre Nuclear steam generators were sent to Clive.)

Energy Solutions Barnwell site

Vigilance is still required in case of Appeal. EnergySolutions is privately held and thus is more difficult than average to monitor-hold accountable. Better WCS return to the public now, than later. Nuclear waste needs to be managed as not for profit. Both WCS and EnergySolutions are costly and of poor quality. Nuclear waste should never be buried. It must be monitored for perpetuity.

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
U.S. District Court Blocks EnergySolutions’ Acquisition of Waste Control Specialists

Senior Judge Sue L. Robinson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware today ruled in favor of the Justice Department’s civil antitrust lawsuit to block radioactive waste disposal provider EnergySolutions’ $367 million acquisition of rival Waste Control Specialists.  Judge Robinson entered an order ruling in favor of the United States and enjoining the merger.

“Substantial evidence showed that head-to-head competition between EnergySolutions and Waste Control Specialists led to better disposal services at lower prices,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Andrew Finch of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.  “Today’s decision protects competition in an industry that is incredibly difficult to enter. 

While EnergySolutions’ preference was to buy its main rival rather than continue to compete to win business, today’s decision ensures that customers will benefit from the competitive process.”

The Court’s decision follows a 10-day trial that concluded in May.  The Justice Department filed suit in November 2016, alleging that the proposed acquisition would combine the two most significant competitors for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste available to commercial customers in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Component(s):  Antitrust Division
Press Release Number: 17-684

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-district-court-blocks-energysolutions-acquisition-waste-control-specialists

https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/why-is-large-trump-donor-nuclear-waste-king-kimmelman-charging-so-much-to-bury-nuclear-waste-probably-because-hes-a-goldman-sachs-alumnus-duh-comment-on-high-cost-of-burial-of-nuclear-waste/

Kimmelman-Trump fund-raiser image: https://twitter.com/vosdscott/status/746402445010493440
Donald Trump hopes to cure cash woes with $449,400-per-ticket fundraiserhttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/11/donald-trump-campaign-donations-california-fundraiser-clinton.

Makan Delrahim, a veteran lobbyist on President Donald Trump’s transition team, is expected to be nominated to head the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/DTQwJPYH-bI/us-usa-trump-antitrust-exclusive-idUSKBN16O2O2

Case documents found here: https://www.justice.gov/atr/case/us-v-energy-solutions-inc-et-al

Closing Arguments: https://www.justice.gov/atr/case-document/file/964601/download

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-sues-block-energysolutions-acquisition-waste-control-specialists

There were proposed plans to make WCS interim storage for high level nuclear waste, making it an even hotter property, both literally and metaphorically.

Spent nuclear fuel conceptual drawing for WCS to NRC

Kimmelman-Trump fund-raiser image: