Nuclear Review Raises Storage Questions

The NRC said it will consider moving spent fuel to safer storage, as well as review the vent and filter systems, earthquake-rated designs, and backup power systems.

Dry_Cask_Storage_DiagramNuclear regulators appear to be edging closer to cracking down on how nuclear power plants store about 3,300 metric tons of spent fuel in the Chattanooga region, and a local anti-nuclear group is claiming at least some of the credit.

What’s unclear is how quickly the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will move, and how much it will cost utilities such as TVA. The federal utility’s three operating nuclear plants have at least three-quarters of its highly radioactive spent fuel in cooling pools on-site.

Whatever the cost, it will be less than cleaning up a nuclear accident, said David Lochbaum, a former TVA nuclear reactor operator and a former Nuclear Regulatory Commission training instructor.

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Source: Pam Sohn | Chattanooga Times Free Press
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