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Thursday, April 15, 2010

U.S. is urged to build centralized used fuel storage facility

U.S. is urged to build centralized used fuel storage facility

Dale Klein, a former Nuclear Regulatory Commission official, said the government should opt for the construction of a centralized interim storage site and advance recycling of used nuclear fuel. These proposals would bring the country more in compliance with global nuclear-industry standards, he said. Interim storage could resolve the country's used-fuel issues for as long as 100 years, he added. Reuters


As the United States works to expand its nuclear fleet for the first time in three decades and extend the life of current reactors, thorny questions remain to be answered about the life cycle of nuclear fuel, a former nuclear regulator said on Wednesday.

Following the Obama administration's rejection of Yucca Mountain as a permanent site for used nuclear fuel, the government should move toward creation of an centralized interim storage location and push for the recycling of spent fuel, Dale Klein, a former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said at the Gulf Coast Power Conference in Houston.

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