US DOE plans to launch consent-based process to site nuclear waste facilities

The US Department of Energy is launching a consent-based process to site spent fuel storage and disposal facilities, as well as a separate repository for defense high-level waste, and expects to be in the second phase of that process by the end of next year, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in an interview Friday.

[…] In March, the Obama administration authorized DOE to develop a repository that would be used only to dispose of HLW for US defense programs. The defense waste is generally older, and hence, cooler, than utility spent fuel slated for disposal. In addition, there is a fixed amount of that material, while the US spent-fuel inventory, now around 74,000 mt, grows at an annual rate of about 2,000 mt.

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Source: Platts Global Alert

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