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Nuclear-Waste Rule Rewritten by September 2014, NRC Staff Says

October 19, 2012

The staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said new court-ordered rules on storage of spent nuclear fuel to be completed by September 2014.

NRC’s staff plans to continue revieving license applications and holding hearings, and final action is “the only licensing milestone that the staff will be unable to complete” before the waste rule is issued, according to documents posted today on NRC website.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled on June 8 that NRC rules on storage failed to fully evaluate risks and new standards must be drafted. The agency on Aug. 7 suspended final decisions pending the reassessment.

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