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Christian Science Monitor: Homeless Nuclear Waste
September 16, 2009, 12:04 pm
Filed under: News

Some 60,000 metric tons of radioactive waste is stored at nuclear power plants across the country, awaiting federal action that’s already a decade late.

By Colin Woodard  |  Correspondent of the Christian Science Monitor/ September 15, 2009 edition

WISCASSET, Maine

Standing on the end of Bailey Point, looking out on a cold, blue inlet of the Atlantic, you’d never know a nuclear power plant once stood here.

The massive concrete containment dome, the spent fuel storage pool, and the six-story-high turbine hall were all torn down earlier this decade, leaving a rain-soaked meadow of grass. The engineers and technicians who tended the 900-megawatt reactor packed up and left town a decade ago, when the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station stopped producing power.

All that’s left is radioactive waste: the remains of the plant’s reactor vessel lining and the 1,435 spent fuel assemblies that passed through it over a quarter century of operations.

Read further at http://features.csmonitor.com/environment/2009/09/15/homeless-nuclear-waste/

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