NRC to hold webinars in October on used fuel storage facility in Texas

September 18, 2020, 11:54AMNuclear News

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled four webinars in October to present its draft environmental findings and receive comments on Interim Storage Partners’ (ISP) proposed consolidated interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel in Andrews County, Texas.

Information for the webinars will be posted on the NRC’s Public Meetings webpage. The webinars will be held at different times of the day to maximize opportunities for the public to participate and are tentatively scheduled for the following (all times are Eastern):

  • October 1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • October 6, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • October 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Environmental review: In May, the NRC published a draft environmental impact statement for ISP’s proposed storage facility for a 120-day public comment period, which has been extended because of the COVID-19 public health emergency, for a total comment period of 180 days.

In June 2018, ISP, a joint venture of Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists (WCS), submitted a revised license application to the NRC for the facility, which is to be located at WCS’s existing disposal facility in Texas. In 2017, the NRC staff held two webinars and two in-person meetings in Texas and New Mexico, with similar public meetings planned for this fall. In-person meetings during the comment period, however, will not be possible because of the COVID-19 emergency, the agency said.

Contact info: Comments are being accepted through November 3, including;

  • By mail to the Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN-7-A60M, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001
  • By email to
  • By posting online at the federal government’s rulemaking website, using Docket ID NRC-2016-0231

Information regarding the NRC’s review of the ISP application is available on the NRC website and includes the draft EIS, reader’s guides in English and Spanish, and a detailed explanation of how to submit comments.

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