U.S. lawmakers have debated for decades where to put all the spent fuel generated by the nation’s nuclear power plants. The dithering means that an unintended site has emerged: Illinois.
Nuclear-power executives and lobbyists met with lawmakers in Washington this week as the industry sought to allay concern that the reactor crisis in Japan could be repeated in the U.S.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to fully evaluate risks associated with its regulations on the storage of spent nuclear fuel and must draft new ones, an appeals court ruled.
The U.S. nuclear-power industry is considering a $1 billion plan that would create regional centers to store equipment for delivery to reactors within 24 hours of an emergency.
The new chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said she plans to concentrate on the disposal of spent atomic fuel, an issue that is holding up decisions on power-plant licenses.
President Barack Obama is nominating Allison Macfarlane, a professor and member of panel studying disposal of atomic wastes, to lead the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, replacing Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who is quitting.
Big business was blindsided by the Tea Party two years ago and almost lost a fight to keep the U.S. Export-Import Bank alive.