09 Jun '12, 8pm

Court Decision Heightens Pressure for U.S. Nuclear Waste Solution: Several current storage practices will come u...

Court Decision Heightens Pressure for U.S. Nuclear Waste Solution: Several current storage practices will come u...

A three-member panel of the D.C. Federal Court of Appeals said yesterday that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission must reconsider whether spent nuclear fuel can safely be stored until a solution to the problem of permanent disposal is found or even if such a solution never is found. The decision by the District of Columbia court, which has influence second only to the Supreme Court in matters of public policy, is bound to have a wide impact on current practices, proceedings to renew reactor operating licenses, and future waste policy development. Explaining the background to the suit, which was brought by New York State and a group of intervenors, the court wrote, "Due to the government’s failure to establish a final resting place for spent [nuclear] fuel , SNF is currently stored on site at nuclear plants. This type of storage, optimistically labeled 'temporary storage...

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