States seek broader review of on-site storage of used fuel

05/24/2013 | SeattlePI.com

Several states are urging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct a wider assessment of on-site storage of used nuclear fuel as the U.S. continues to seek a permanent storage solution for the material. "Federal law requires that the NRC analyze the environmental dangers of storing spent nuclear fuel at reactors that were not designed for long-term storage," said Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell. Steve Kerekes, the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior director of media relations, said, "The larger issue is used-fuel management; nuclear energy facilities are storing used nuclear fuel safely and securely. They will continue to do so throughout this process and beyond."

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