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Webinar | May 19, 2016
Nuclear Waste Policy: Defining the Problem
The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 established a national program for the safe, permanent disposal of highly radioactive waste. In 2002, Congress approved a site at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain; however, that project was stalled and defunded in 2010. Consequently, there currently is no disposal facility in the United States for spent fuel rods from 99 operating commercial nuclear reactors across the country. This webinar, the first in a two-part series, explores the status of nuclear waste management in the United States, with a focus on how the lack of a disposal facility affects electricity customers, the communities that are home to nuclear power plants, and the utilities that own and operate the plants. The series will continue with Part 2, “Searching for Solutions,” on July 26 at 2 p.m. EDT.