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More options for USA’s nuclear waste are needed

AGs Tell Feds To Look At More Options For Spent Nuclear Fuel By BRIAN DOWLING, The Hartford Courant, May 24, 2013 Attorneys general from four New England states, including Connecticut, are asking federal regulators to consider other ways to handle spent nuclear fuel in their review of environmental impacts of the waste’s storage on-site at the plants.

In a filing with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission made Wednesday, the states brought up two options that were missing from a study of possible storage plans that was released in March. One option is shut down the plants until a permanent storage site is found. The other is have plants put spent fuel into dry casks rather than keep them in the plants’ cooling pools.

“State residents, particularly those living near active or retired nuclear power plants, need to know the potential environmental impact of long-term storage of nuclear waste,” Attorney General George Jepsen said in a written statement. Vermont, Massachusetts and New York were also on the filing.“Public confidence in the NRC’s study will only result if all viable options, such as alternatives that can substantially mitigate potentially adverse impacts, are considered…..,0,292186.story

May 25, 2013 - Posted by | general

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