On August 26, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the final rule on the environmental effects of continued storage of spent nuclear fuel, which was formerly known as the waste confidence rule.
The rule adopts the findings of the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) regarding the environmental impacts of storing spent fuel at any reactor site after the reactor’s licensed period of operations. As a result, those generic impacts do not need to be re-analyzed in the environmental reviews for individual licenses.
In a separate order, the Commission also approved lifting the suspensions of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the final rule becomes effective.
The NRC press release regarding the rule may be found here.
More information about the rule and GEIS is available on the NRC website at www.nrc.gov. The Commissioners’ individual vote records and comments on the final rule and GEIS will be posted at www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/commission/cvr/2014/ (reference SECY-14-0072), and the Memorandum and Order lifting the licensing suspensions and providing direction on the resolution of related adjudicatory contentions will be posted at www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/commission/orders/2014/.
Please contact Dave McIntrye of the NRC at (301) 415-8200 for additional information.