Energy Dept. unveils new strategy for used nuclear fuel disposal

01/13/2013 | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Department of Energy has unveiled a new strategy that aims to open temporary storage facilities for used nuclear fuel by 2021 and 2025, and a permanent disposal site by 2048. The report did not disclose the locations for the projects or mention Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a possible site, prompting a coalition of trade groups including the Nuclear Energy Institute to recommence licensing of Yucca Mountain. Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and John Shimkus, R-Ill., in a statement said that government leaders "cannot have a serious conversation about solving America's nuclear waste problems without Yucca Mountain."

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