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Private Storage is Fastest Nuclear Waste Option: Sen. Alexander

June 7, 2017, 10:10 PM

The quickest—and possibly least expensive—solution for storing the country’s used nuclear fuel would be at privately run interim storage facilities, the Republican heading the Senate panel on the Energy Department’s budget says.

Even though President Donald Trump supports Yucca Mountain as a permanent geologic repository for the nation’s commercial nuclear waste, it is still years away from completion and a private interim storage facility would be a faster solution, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, said at a June 7 budget hearing for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“This is an unacceptable ...