The recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC) contained in their final report issued in January 2012 include the need for new sites for consolidated storage of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). This recommendation has prompted several local communities across the US to come forward and express some level of interest in hosting a site for long-term storage of SNF. As each of these sites proceeds down the long-road of characterization, design and licensing, and eventually construction and operation, this website will track their progress. If a particular site is removed from further consideration, for whatever reason, rather than deleting the details obtained and presented to date, this website will retain the information for historical purposes.
BRC has recommended that one or more sites be found in the US and used for long-term consolidated storage of SNF. These sites will serve as centralized or regionalized monitored retrievable storage (MRS) locations and would be licensed for receipt and storage of SNF by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). As one of the common characteristics underlying each such site, the local community must be supportive and willing to host the site, and similarly the state government and any affected Indian Tribes must consent to the siting. Exactly what level of consent will be required, how long the consent would apply, and other process and procedural details are yet to be worked out. However, as the generic “consent-based” siting criteria are created and then applied, this website will track their development and implementation.