For more than 50 years, the federal government has failed to manage spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW), imposi
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and sustainably financed might be better positioned to tackle this generational challenge.
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A convergence of failures— i.e., the accident at Fukushima, the cancellation of Yucca Mountain as a permanent repository for spent fuel, and the growing budget impact of litigation settlements related to DOE’s non-performance on its NWPA obligations—already represents a call for action on the safe storage of spent fuel. If proponents of a fedcorp approach are correct, a forthcoming BRC recommendation—and a federal decision to act upon it—could begin the process of turning these failures into a new beginning for America’s policy on nuclear spent fuel.