NRC rejects latest appeal by Utah to block storage site

22 June 2005

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has ruled that spent nuclear fuel would not be permanently stored at a proposed facility on Utah's Skull Valley Indian reservation, rejecting the state's latest attempt to block a licence for the site.

The ruling brings the prospect of the facility, which would temporarily store 4000 waste casks, one step closer and leaves the state with a final NRC hearing that will consider the fighter jet crash scenario. A consortium of eight companies under the name Private Fuel Storage aimed to build and operate the $3.1 billion facility.

The NRC is expected to make a final decision on the facility by the end of summer.

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