Transport to ‘temporary’ storage sites with option of reprocessing
The transportation and storage subcommittee of America’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC see www.brc.gov) endorsed centralizing the tens of thousands of tons of irradiated (or “spent”) nuclear fuel currently in storage at nuclear reactor sites and some nuclear weapons production sites in 32 states. The panel did not name a proposed location, but used the words “consent-based” to indicate that a volunteer site would be preferred.
Earlier this year, members of the business sector near both the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico indicated to the panel an interest in “volunteering” to take the waste. Community members and other officials in both South Carolina and New Mexico have expressed strong opposition to such a plan, and an opposition campaign already has started in North Carolina (see www.nonuclearwasteinwnc.com) .