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Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage and Transport

Each of the Yankee Companies is an interim facility for the safe, secure storage of spent nuclear fuel. The fuel will be stored at the sites until the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) fulfills its obligation to dispose of the materials or another viable solution emerges for removing the spent fuel.

By statue and contract the DOE was to have started removing spent nuclear fuel from the sites as early as 1998. To date, the DOE has not removed any spent fuel from the sites, and it is uncertain when removal will begin. In the meantime, it is The Yankee Companies’ responsibility as U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensees to store the spent nuclear fuel in accordance with NRC regulations.

Each plant’s spent nuclear fuel and Greater than Class C (GTCC) waste is stored in dry cask storage units at an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI). Like spent nuclear fuel, GTCC waste is the responsibility of the federal government to dispose. See individual site web pages for more about each site’s ISFSI.

Spent nuclear fuel is transported regularly in the United States and all over the world with an excellent safety record. The NRC and the U.S. Department of Transportation impose strict safety standards for transportation of spent fuel. Casks that contain the fuel are designed to protect the public from radiation during transportation and are put through rigorous tests. The NRC has a comprehensive licensing process that carefully reviews each cask design. Only casks licensed by the NRC can be used to transport waste.

For more information on transportation of spent nuclear fuel, visit the web sites of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, and/or the Nuclear Energy Institute.

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