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Nuclear Waste

WASHINGTON - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has lax regulations for storage of high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel, according to the C-10 Research and Education Foundation which filed a petition to strengthen the rules.

The foundation complains that the NRC does not adequately enforce its "dry cask" storage rules, that it has not adequately considered degradation of certain storage systems as they age, and that there are no requirements regarding sabotage and environmental effects on "independent" spent fuel storage areas and casks.

The NRC seeks any public comments on these and additional matters, by May 18.

Click the document icon on the front page for details and links to the regulations. The document icon under the "Fuel Economy Standards, Pesticides & More" heading leads to other new regulations.

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