Society News Archive

29 April 2016
Waste Control Specialists Submits Application for Used Nuclear Fuel Interim Storage Facility in Texas

Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS) submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a license to construct and operate a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) for used nuclear fuel. The filing comes after a year of preapplication meetings with the NRC and maintains the timeline WCS outlined in February 2015.

The application is being led by WCS, along with its partners AREVA and NAC International, both global industry leaders in the transportation and storage of used nuclear fuel.

The license submittal puts WCS on track for completion of a CISF as early as 2021 if such steps are accomplished within their expected time line.

Timely solutions for the used nuclear fuel challenge in the United States have proved elusive for more than 40 years. Now, a private-sector solution for secure storage has been proposed by a company with a proven track record for licensing success.

WCS is the only privately owned and operated facility in the United States that has been licensed to treat, store, and dispose of Class A, B, and C low-level radioactive waste (LLRW). Located in an arid, isolated part of west Texas, WCS offers one of the most geologically characterized locations in the United States as a result of the multiyear licensing process for that facility.

More information is available on the WCS website. This article was adapted from the WCS press release.