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Spent radioactive fuel likely to be kept at nuke plants

VERNON, Vt., 22 June 17,  — Vermont and three other states that host Entergy Nuclear power plants scheduled for shutdown can expect to keep spent radioactive fuel for the foreseeable future, a top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official said Tuesday.

John Lamb, project manager from the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, told a gathering of officials from Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Michigan there appears to be little interest in Congress to pay for additional studies into Yucca Mountain, the proposed national depository for highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel in the Nevada desert.

“Yucca Mountain is basically in a stall,” Lamb said in response to a series of questions from Massachusetts antinuclear activists during a conference call. He said legislation to breathe new financial life into the Yucca Mountain site, which is about 100 miles north of Las Vegas, had gone nowhere so far.

“Dry cask (storage) is going to stay until some solution,” Lamb said……http://www.recorder.com/NRC-Vermont-Yankee-waste-remaining-in-Vernon-10850130

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June 23, 2017 - Posted by | USA, wastes

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