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May 28, 2014

U.S. plants preparing to store nuclear waste for a long time

  • The government is pursuing a new plan for nuclear waste storage after the collapse of a proposal for Nevada's Yucca Mountain.
    Associated Press

    WATERFORD, Conn. — Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump.

    The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced in the 1980s. Now they are the subject of reviews by industry and government to determine how they might hold up — if needed — for decades or longer.

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