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Where is America's Spent Nuclear Fuel?

Created on August 5, 2015

Where is America's Spent Nuclear Fuel?


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The federal government has failed to meet its obligations to collect and dispose of spent nuclear fuel as directed by the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act. As a result, the nuclear industry developed on-site interim storage to hold the spent fuel until a long-term solution is in place. Spent nuclear fuel is currently being held—with safety oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission—at 74 active and closed power plants across the U.S.

Sources: U.S. Government Accountability Office, “Outreach Needed to Help Gain Public Acceptance for Federal Activities that Address Liability,” October 2014, http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666454.pdf (accessed June 29, 2015).

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Tags: nuclear-energy, nuclear-waste, Nuclear-Waste-Administration-Act