Efforts to find a solution for permanent storage of used nuclear fuel have been revived in part due to economic and environmental concerns, as well as the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi incident. Senate Energy Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has said that used-fuel storage is a priority, and that he is working with ranking member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to find a "medium-term" storage site. In the House of Representatives, there is growing bipartisan support for a used-fuel storage solution, as used fuel is currently stored at active and retired facilities in many lawmakers' home states, observers said.

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