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Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2008: Modernizing Spent Fuel Management in the U.S.

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Publication Date: March 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Jack Spencer

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Energy (Nuclear power)
Environment (Radioactive and dangerous substances)

Keywords: Energy and environment; nuclear power; nuclear waste; Yucca repository

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 does not provide the clarifications, authorization, and flexibility needed to move nuclear power forward in the United States. The Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2008 would take some significant steps in addressing these problems, but in the end, the nation may need a complete overhaul of its approach to spent nuclear fuel.