This comment will analyze the SNF ("spent nuclear fuel") problem in the United States and offer recommendations for how to move forward. First, Part I will summarize the path that has led to this impasse. Part II offers recommended solutions on how the United States can develop a workable SNF solution that includes a permanent repository, consolidated intermediate storage, and reprocessing. Finally, this comment will offer its conclusion that the United States should begin the process of establishing a permanent geologic repository for SNF at a location other than Yucca Mountain, create a system of consolidated interim storage to temporarily house SNF, and establish a program to reprocess SNF.
Response or Comment
Christopher M. Keegan, Comment, What’s Worse, Nuclear Waste or the United States’ Failed Policy for Its Disposal?, 49 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1265 (2015).