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Spent-Fuel Fedcorp

The Blue Ribbon Commission’s best answer for the nuclear waste dilemma.

Fortnightly Magazine - May 2011

and sustainably financed might be better positioned to tackle this generational challenge.

And now might be precisely the right time for the fedcorp idea.

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.