NRC rejects low-level waste deregulation plans

8 June 2005

Proposals that would have allowed certain types of low-level radioactive waste to be disposed of in sites other than licensed radioactive waste storage facilities have reportedly been rejected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The NRC unanimously rejected staff proposals that would have seen radioactive waste go to municipal landfills, used in roadbeds or recycled into consumer products. The so-called "Controlling the Disposition of Controlled Solids" proposals were aimed at relieving pressure on the four existing radioactive waste disposal sites in the USA by easing storage requirements and would have saved nuclear generators millions of dollars in disposal costs.

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