Volume 92 Issue 50 | pp. 20-21
Issue Date: December 15, 2014

Another Chapter In Saga Of Radioactive Waste Disposal Begins When New Congress Convenes

Old reactors live on, radioactive spent fuel piles up, and pressure builds for overhaul of how this material is managed
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Yucca Mountain, radioactive waste, spent fuel, NRC

With no long-term disposal solution in sight, radioactive spent fuel remains an unaddressed national problem that is likely to have ever-growing impact decades into the future. More than 70,000 metric tons—50 years’ worth—of radioactive spent fuel remains at more than 100 nuclear reactors where the waste was or is still being generated.

Although the country has profited mightily from nuclear-produced electricity, national leaders have passed laws, written regulations, and criticized one another over radioactive waste . . .

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