State Environmental Review of a Proposed Utility Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation

by Gretchen Sabel, State of Minnesota, St. Paul, United States,
Robert Halstead, State of Minnesota, St. Paul, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991

Abstract: This paper describes the environmental review process which was applied by the State of Minnesota to a proposed dry cask storage facility. An environmental analysis of the proposed project is summarized, as are alternatives including other dry storage technologies, increased in-pool storage, transhipment, reprocessing, use of higher burnup fuel and conservation. Public comments and concerns included potential cask failures, health impacts, and the possibility of the site becoming a 'permanant' storage facility. State intervention in the federal license process is also described.

Subject Headings: Energy storage | Environmental issues | Storage facilities | Fuels | Public health and safety | Nuclear power | Materials processing | Licensure and certification | Failure analysis | Federal government | North America | Minnesota | United States

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