“We are paying more attention to spent nuclear fuel,” Allison Macfarlane recently told reporters. “We know this is a pressing issue.”
The new chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said she plans to concentrate on the disposal of spent atomic fuel, an issue that is holding up decisions on power-plant licenses.
Allison Macfarlane also called on Congress and the White House to identify a permanent disposal site for spent fuel from the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors.
The NRC this month suspended final decisions on licenses for power plants until it completes a reassessment of risks related to storing spent atomic fuel. U.S. plants keep used fuel rods on site, in water pools or dry casks, because of a lack of permanent storage. Yucca Mountain in Nevada, an initial candidate for a permanent nuclear-waste dump, was rejected by the Obama administration following opposition from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada.
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Source: Kasia Klimasinska | Bloomberg Businessweek