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Senators Unveil Bipartisan Interim Nuclear Storage Bill (2)

April 30, 2019, 7:08 PMUpdated: April 30, 2019, 10:51 PM

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) reintroduced a bill April 30 to provide a pathway for interim storage of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors, given continued gridlock over permanent storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain.

The Nuclear Waste Administration Act (S. 1234) would provide for a small number of interim storage sites in consultation with states, including some limited private storage, Murkowski said. She said the bill would help fill the vacuum created by “the federal government’s failure to meet its obligations for spent nuclear fuel.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the ...