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New Senate Bill Would Centralize Atomic Waste in the Interim

Federal legislation introduced on Thursday in the Senate would require building interim storage facilities where national atomic waste could be consolidated while a more permanent solution is worked out, the New York Times reported.

Levels of spent nuclear fuel continue to rise around the United States. So long as no long-term repository is built, the atomic waste -- which is generally kept above ground on the premises of civilian reactor sites -- represents a worrisome target for terrorists interested in attempting to cause the widespread release of poisonous radiation, according to issue experts.

The bill, sponsored by a group of Republican and Democratic senators, "authorizes the construction of interim storage facilities and permanent waste repositories, sited through consent-based process and funded by fees currently collected from nuclear power rate payers," Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in provided remarks announcing the new legislation.


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