Panel to discuss spent nuclear fuel storage in Wiscasset

Posted July 06, 2010, at 6:25 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — Maine Yankee says a subcommittee of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future will hold a meeting next month in Wiscasset.

The Blue Ribbon Commission was created in January to come up with a long-term solution to managing the nation’s used nuclear fuel. The subcommittee that’ll meet on Aug. 10 in Wiscasset is focusing on issues related to interim storage and eventual transportation of the fuel rods.

Community Advisory Panel Chairwoman Marge Kilkelly said the commission should make former reactor sites a priority for removing spent nuclear fuel.

Maine Yankee went into operation in 1972 and shut down in 1996. But 1,434 fuel assemblies remain at the Wiscasset site because there’s no place to send them.

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