The Debate Continues About Spent Fuel Storage in US
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Author:  KingCobra [ Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:55 am ]
Post subject:  The Debate Continues About Spent Fuel Storage in US

About 80,000 metric tons of used commercial fuel has piled up at 121 sites in 35 states because the federal government has not found a repository where it can be stored. The feds were supposed to begin taking custody of spent fuel in 1998. Until a site (or sites) is found, the waste will stay put.

“The spent nuclear fuel at SONGS is stored in a safe and robust system, and can be for decades, as we’ve already seen,” Southern California Edison Chief Nuclear Officer Doug Bauder said in an email. “Is that appropriate? No. The federal government is legally obligated to move the fuel off-site and should.”

The standoff at Yucca Mountain has led to discussion of sending waste to “consolidated interim storage” facilities that could be built in relatively isolated locations across the country until a permanent site is found.

To avoid the resistance seen at Yucca, it’s been proposed to build the facilities only if they receive consent form local and state authorities. Two interim storage sites have been mentioned — one in southeastern New Mexico and another in west Texas.


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