Nuclear waste: NRC halts licensing decisions amid storage debate — 08/07/2012 — www.eenews.net

Posted by Trish Riley, August 30, 2012

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today voted unanimously to wait before approving licenses for new nuclear plants or renewing the licenses of existing facilities until the dilemma of how to store hot, radioactive waste at sites across the country is resolved.

The five-member panel, headed by the newly confirmed Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane, voted to delay issuing licenses until it responds to a federal appeals court ruling in June that the agency did not sufficiently analyze the environmental effects of storing nuclear waste without a permanent solution in sight (E&ENews PM, June 28).

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For more info, read GGN correspondent Roger Witherspoon’s assessment: NRC Halts New Nuclear Licenses: Existing Licenses in Doubt « Energy Matters.

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