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Private Fuel Storage

Private Fuel Storage (PFS), a consortium of 8 commercial nuclear utilities, is proposing to transport 44,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste ("spent fuel") across the country to an interim storage facility on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah. The project, however, is not a "solution" to the nuclear waste problem. Motivated by the need for a publicly presentable "waste solution," the nuclear industry is yet again gambling with public health and safety. Click to read about the numerous problems with this "temporary" waste storage proposal.

PFS is not only unnecessary and irresponsible; it is also unethical. The project has raised serious environmental justice concerns. Native American communities have been a particular target of high-level radioactive waste storage, and the validity of the PFS lease itself is questionable. Public Citizen urges member utilities to immediately withdraw from the PFS consortium so as not to be implicated in such a dangerously flawed program.

UPDATE: On September 7, 2006, the Bureau of Indian Affairs disapproved the lease for the proposed PFS facility. The Bureau of Land Management also ruled on PFS's proposed transporation route, denying the consortium a right-of-way across public lands. In 2005, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had voted to approve the Private Fuel Storage proposal, but the project cannot go forward without BIA and BLM consent.


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