US NRC licenses spent nuclear storage facility in Texas
September 13 (Reuters) – The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Monday issued a license to Interim Storage Partners LLC to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel and waste in Andrews, Texas .
The company is licensed to receive, possess, transfer and store up to 5,000 tonnes of spent fuel and 231.3 tonnes of low-level radioactive waste above Class C for a period of 40 years, the regulator said in a statement. communicated.
Interim Storage Partners, a joint venture of Waste Control Specialists LLC and Orano USA, has announced plans to expand the facility in seven additional phases, up to a total fuel capacity of 40,000 tonnes.
“Each extension would require a license amendment with additional reviews of NRC’s safety and environment,” the statement said.
This is the second authorization issued by the US agency for a consolidated spent nuclear fuel storage facility since Private Fuel Storage in 2006, which was never built.
The NRC said it is currently reviewing Holtec International’s request for a similar facility in Lea County, New Mexico. A decision is expected in January 2022.
Report by Swati Verma in Bengaluru Editing by Sonya Hepinstall
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