February 6, 2012

Statement on the Nuclear Fuel Storage Report

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

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“The issue of nuclear waste management has been frustrating Congress, multiple administrations, utilities, and rate payers for many decades now.  Efforts to address it through the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 and the 1987 Amendments remain unresolved. Taxpayers have so far paid over $2 billion in damages resulting from the government’s failure to take title to the used nuclear fuel. The Department of Energy estimates that if title were to be taken by 2021 – just a few years from now, the total liability incurred would be over $13 billion. Some in industry are estimating that the total cost will be closer to $50 billion, if not higher. . .
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TAGGED: Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Waste Management, Sen. Lisa Murkowski


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