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Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage and Transport

Each of the Yankee Companies is an interim facility for the safe, secure storage of SNF and GTCC waste. The SNF and GTCC waste will be stored at the sites until the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) fulfills its obligation to dispose of this material. The SNF and GTCC waste is stored in dry cask dual-purpose canisters licensed by the NRC for both storage and transportation.

By statue and contract required under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, the DOE was to have started removing the SNF and GTCC waste from the sites by January 31, 1998. To date, the DOE has not removed any SNF or GTCC waste from the sites, and it is unknown when that will occur. Until then, it is the Yankee Companies' responsibility as NRC licensees to store the SNF and GTCC waste in accordance with NRC regulations.

See individual company web sites for more about each plant's decommissioning, site restoration and the sites' ISFSI storage systems.

SNF is transported regularly in the United States and all over the world with an excellent safety record. The NRC and the U.S. Department of Transportation impose strict safety standards for transportation of spent fuel. NRC licensed transportation casks that contain the fuel are designed to protect the public from radiation during transportation and are put through rigorous tests. The NRC has a comprehensive licensing process that carefully reviews each cask design. Only casks licensed by the NRC such as those stored at the Yankee Company sites can be used to transport SNF and GTCC waste.

For more information on transportation of SNF, visit the web sites of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, and/or the Nuclear Energy Institute.

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