Advisory panel votes not to store waste at Savannah River Site

  • Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:01 a.m.

AIKEN, S.C. -- An advisory group has recommended against storing nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.

The Citizens’ Advisory Board made that decision during a meeting Tuesday. The group advises the U.S. Department of Energy and is filing an official position paper on the issue.

In 2011, the Obama administration scuttled plans to use Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a long-term waste storage facility.

Congress is currently considering other permanent options, and Savannah River is being discussed as a potential interim storage site. Next week, a U.S. Senate committee is set to hold a hearing on the issue.

Spent nuclear fuel is already stored at Savannah River, and opponents fear that the site could become a permanent home for the waste.

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Information from: Aiken Standard, http://www.aikenstandard.com

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