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Spent Nuclear Fuel: Accumulating Quantities at Commercial Reactors Present Storage and Other Challenges

Categories: Energy,Nuclear Energy,Virginia Issues

The U.S. has no permanent storage for the 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel, one of the most hazardous substances created by humans, current stored at reactor sites like the Surry Plant across the James River.  This study focuses on the amount of fuel expected to accumulate before it can be moved to a permanent storage site, the key risks involved in temporary onsite storage, and how to mitigate those risks.  From the Government Accountability Office