Divided committee narrowly opposes more nuke waste at SRS | The Augusta Chronicle

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Divided committee narrowly opposes more nuke waste at SRS | The Augusta Chronicle

Savannah River Site’s Citi­zens Advisory Board will oppose – at least for now – any future plan to import nuclear waste from commercial power reactors to the South Carolina facility.

During a meeting Monday in Aiken, the board discussed two sharply competing recommendations.

One position was not to support bringing commercial waste to the site under any circumstance; the other would support the idea if communities can participate through “consent-based siting” and if “proper incentives” were provided.

After a lengthy discussion, the group voted 12-10 to oppose the site’s use as a spent-fuel storage venue.

Though there is no formal plan to bring spent commercial reactor fuel to the site, the demise of the federal government’s Yucca Mountain project in Nevada left the nation without options for the 75,000 tons of radioactive spent fuel accumulating at commercial nuclear plants.

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