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Katie Tubb : Responsibly Dealing With Nuclear Waste

June 28, 2017

The federal government is failing to carry out its legal responsibility to manage and store nuclear waste generated at the country's nuclear power plants: It's time that changed.

The Federal government has shirked its responsibility for 40 years to find a permanent waste repository for America's spent nuclear fuel. Rather than stored at a safe central location, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as required by law, politics has resulted in nuclear waste being stored at nearly 100 nuclear power plants around the country with taxpayers paying 2 million per day to nuclear plant operators to store the waste. Congress needs to open Yucca Mountain and in the long-term needs to allow markets to develop for nuclear plant development and fuel treatment..

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.