The study, by senior scholar Robert Alvarez, found that U.S. reactors have generated about 65,000 metric tons of spent fuel, of which 75 percent remains stored in pools, which, he contends, are more vulnerable to leaks and accidents than above-ground “dry cask” storage sites.
Georgia, in particular, has a huge proportion of its spent fuel — 1,972 of the state total of 2,490 metric tons — in “wet storage” facilities, the report said. In South Carolina, 2,305 metric tons of the total spent fuel volume of 3,892 metric are in pools.
Under the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act, the U.S. Department of Energy became the agency responsible for finding disposal solutions for spent nuclear fuel.
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