RWE has hailed a court ruling over payment of a €74m ($100m) nuclear fuel tax for its Gundremmingen power plant as a success in its legal campaign against the tax.

Punitive payments on nuclear fuel were introduced before Germany moved towards a swift withdrawal from nuclear generation.

“We welcome the decision, which confirms our interpretation of the law,” said an RWE spokesman on the court ruling on 9 October.

Legal challenges to Germany’s nuclear policy are underway in several courts, some of which have already questioned the government’s position.

Germany’s government has aimed to raise about €1.3bn each year from nuclear power operators RWE, E.ON, EnBW and Vattenfall.

RWE claims the tax on nuclear fuel rods should not be levied on closed units and is also seeking damages for the forced closure of stations. The issue of whether the nuclear phase-out infringed property rights is also to be tackled in the constitutional court.

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