ACCEPTANCE REVIEW OF SPECIFIC LICENSE APPLICATION REQUESTING AUTHORIZATION TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE A CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STORAGE FACILITY FOR SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL – SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION NEEDED
By letter dated April 28, 2016, Waste Control Specialists, LLC (WCS) submitted a specific
license application under 10 CFR Part 72 requesting authorization to construct and operate a
Consolidated Interim Storage Facility for Spent Nuclear Fuel and Reactor-Related Greater Than
Class C Low-Level Waste in Andrews County, Texas. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(NRC) performed an acceptance review of the application to determine if the application
contains sufficient technical information to allow the NRC staff to complete the detailed technical
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is revising its generic determination regarding the environmental impacts of the continued storage of spent nuclear fuel beyond a reactor’s licensed life for operation and prior to ultimate disposal. The NRC prepared a final generic environmental impact statement that provides a regulatory basis for this final rule. The Commission concludes that the generic environmental impact statement generically determines the environmental impacts of continued storage of spent nuclear fuel beyond the licensed life for operation of a reactor.
Since the DOE developed the MRS proposal for the Congress, a number of questions have been raised by the General Accounting Office (GAO), the State of Tennessee, and others concerning the need for the MRS facility and the feasibility of achieving comparable performance for the overall waste—management system without an MRS facility. This report was prepared to provide additional information to address these questions.
This written testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee discusses the storage and transportation of spent nuclear fuel. This entry has a PDF printout of the <a href="http://www.energy.gov/articles/secretary-moniz-s-written-testimony-sena… webpage</a>.
The Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management prepared this document to report plans for the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program, whose mission is to manage and dispose of the nation’s spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste in a manner that protects the health and safety of the public and of workers and the quality of the environment. The Congress established this program through the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (see Appendix A), though efforts to solve the waste-disposal problem go back several decades.