spent fuel series


Senate Nuclear Waste Bill: No Near-Term Benefit for Public Safety

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

Third of 3 posts on spent fuel safety

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee is set to consider a waste management bill for nuclear power reactors—the Nuclear Waste Administration Act—in mid-December. The authors argue that their bill is urgently needed to protect the public since nuclear waste currently stored at reactor sites poses a safety risk that must be reduced now.

However, in its current form the legislation does not address the near-term risks of nuclear waste storage at reactor sites. It would therefore do nothing to increase public safety for the foreseeable future. Read more >

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Nuclear Fuel and the Titanic Principle

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

This is the second of 3 posts on spent fuel safety

In my previous post I talked about how spent fuel is piling up in cooling pools at reactors across the country. Since 100 million Americans—a third of the U.S. population—live within 50 miles of a spent fuel pool, reducing the risks to those people should be a high priority. Read more >

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Reducing Public Risks from Nuclear Reactor Waste

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

This is the first of 3 posts on spent fuel safety.

In case you don’t have enough to worry about, consider this: nuclear reactor waste is piling up at U.S. reactor sites.

Because the U.S. has not opened a repository to store reactor waste, the government has not fulfilled its promise to take spent fuel from nuclear plants and dispose of it. As a result, spent nuclear fuel has accumulated at the reactor sites, reaching a level of 70,000 metric tons today. And over 70% of that waste is stored in increasingly crowded cooling pools that were originally intended to hold much less fuel. Read more >

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