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Title: NRC hopes to discourage lengthy onsite storage

Now it has become clear why last year's partial voiding of the Low-Level Waste Policy Amendments Act was seen as significant in some quarters. On June 19, 1992, the US Supreme Court ruled that the passage requiring states to take title to LLW produced within their borders was unconstitutional (NN, July 1992, p. 17). This did not change the facts that LLW is still being generated, and that interstate compacts with licensed disposal sites are now empowered to refuse LLW from outside the compacts. Still, state officials had a reason to be relieved-because they knew that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was at work on a regulation that would have made them take title to LLW, at a radwaste generator's request, at any time after January 1, 1996, if the state did not have access to a licensed disposal site. The court ruling has forced the NRC to take this passage out of the proposal, but the agency has still gone ahead and published draft amendments intended to establish long-term onsite storage as the last resort option for LLW management.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6018658
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nuclear News (La Grange Park, Illinois); (United States); Journal Volume: 36:3
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORAGE; LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY ACTS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; US NRC; LAWS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; POWER PLANTS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; STORAGE; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; US ORGANIZATIONS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE DISPOSAL ACTS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE STORAGE; WASTES 052002* -- Nuclear Fuels-- Waste Disposal & Storage