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On-Site Storage

Currently, all radioactive waste generated by U.S. reactors is stored at the reactor site - either in fuel pools or waste casks. However, the casks are currently security-vulnerable and should be "hardened" while a better solution continues to be sought.

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Accumulated radioactive waste at the Calvert Cliffs reactors

A third reactor is proposed for the Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, nuclear power plant. But how much radioactive waste has already accumulated at the site? And what is planned for its safe, long-term storage. Read a breakdown of the Calvert Cliffs waste problem by Kevin Kamps.

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Jul112009

Hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS)

Statement of Principles for Safeguarding Nuclear Waste at Reactors. Endorsed by over 150 national and grassroots groups across the U.S., this statement calls for waste storage pools -- at catastrophic risk from attacks or accidents, especially at the nearly three dozen General Electric boiling water reactors across the country -- to be unloaded into hardened on-site storage. 

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Jul112009

Beyond Nuclear, dozens of organizations, urge NRC to upgrade high-level radioactive waste storage casks, Nov. 24, 2008.

The C-10 Foundation (within the 10-mile radius of the Seabrook, NH nuclear power plant) has spearheaded a petition for rulemaking to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission calling for significant upgrades on the quality of the design, manufacture, and operation of dry storage casks. Dry casks are the concrete and steel silos used to contain irradiated nuclear fuel in the open air at increasing numbers of reactor sites across the country. Beyond Nuclear, along with national groups Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Public Citizen, SUN DAY Campaign, and numerous additional grassroots groups, co-signed the C-10 petition. Read the petition and the media release. Beyond Nuclear believes that while the only real solution for radioactive waste is to not make it in the first place, we must nevertheless permanently isolate what already exists from the environment. The requiring of quality assurance upgrades on high-level radioactive waste containers is an essential first step.

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