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Bipartisan Senators Introduce Comprehensive Nuclear Waste Legislation

The American Nuclear Society commends four U.S. Senators for introducing bipartisan legislation this week, titled the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2015.

The act seeks to create interim and permanent ways to dispose of the nation’s stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel and is consent based requiring the approval of local and state governments. The Bill would name an independent agency to manage the country’s nuclear waste program and build a pilot storage facility to hold spent fuel from decommissioned nuclear power plants and emergency shipments from operating plants.

“On behalf of America’s nuclear professionals, I commend Senators Murkowski, Alexander, Feinstein and Cantwell for their hard work in drafting this legislation,” said ANS President Mikey Brady Raap. It is important to move forward with a comprehensive, long-term solution for safely managing and disposing of spent fuel.  The industry has the technology to successfully address nuclear waste storage and disposal today.  We look forward to working with Congress to ensure that the right policies are in place to facilitate its timely implementation.” 

Click here for a full description of the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2015.

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