October 5, 2017
CT Green Guide

Courtney targets nuclear waste

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney said he and a Vermont colleague have introduced legislation in Congress aimed at easing the cost of managing nuclear waste for communities such as Haddam.

Similar to a bill Courtney and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) co-sponsored last year, the Stranded Nuclear Waste Accountability Act of 2017 would require the Department of Energy to to pay communities with closed nuclear power plants that store spent nuclear fuel on-site.

The payments would come from a multibillion-dollar fund generated by electricity customers, and would amount to $15 per kilogram of spent fuel, according to the bill. The payments would help until Congress assigns a national storage site for nuclear waste.

Haddam is the site of the former Connecticut Yankee nuclear power plant and is forced to store 43 casks of spent fuel. Another dozen sites around the country, including one in Vermont, also store nuclear waste.

Congress designated Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a national nuclear waste repository in 1982, but the project has been stalled by political opposition from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others.

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