NRC has approved the license for spent fuel storage in New Mexico. This is a big step forward for Holtec, the company decommissioning Indian Point. They had promised to remove the spent fuel as part of their business plan. The current law prohibits establishing a Centralized Interim Storage facility prior to having a national depository.
If anyone has any documentation that CIS is safer than on site storage, please post it. This brings back all the transportation and environmental justice issues. There is local opposition as noted in the article. Also some support.
” In its federal appeals court challenge, Texas is arguing now that the NRC didn’t have authority to issue the license since Congress didn’t intend to grant such power to the commission.
Texas is pointing to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming. Though the decision was specific to the EPA, it was in line with the majority’s skepticism of the power of regulatory agencies.”