The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of developing plans for long-term management of our nation’s nuclear waste.
The U.S. still lacks a national plan and a permanent disposal solution for nuclear waste. Currently, commercial nuclear waste is stored at operating and shutdown reactor sites. At Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, three dry casks that are located on the Cape Cod Bay shoreline have been filled to date, and most of Pilgrim’s waste is stored in its wet pool. Pilgrim is due to shut down in the near future, and all waste will eventually be moved to dry casks. This waste will remain on-site in a precarious location too close to the shoreline until a national plan is developed,. This could be decades or even hundreds of years! Learn more about nuclear waste storage at Pilgrim >>
DOE is in the early stages of developing a “consent-based” process to support
the development of interim storage for nuclear waste. The agency is seeking input from the public on issues that should be considered during the consent-based siting process.
It has been hosting a series of public meetings to receive input verbally – the meeting in Boston is June 2 at the Hyatt Regency Boston. Register to attend the in person or view the event online >>
*UPDATE: The agenda for the June 2 Boston hearing has been released. See the agenda >>
DOE is also accepting written comments. Read DOE’s invitation for public written comment to learn how >>
The input will help DOE develop the initial steps on a proposal for a phased, adaptive, consent-based process for selecting sites to store nuclear waste.