Questions arise about shuttering of Kewaunee nuclear power reactor
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"We've been lied to for 35 years," Dave Hardtke, chairman of the town of Carlton, said of the waste. "When they built that plant, the federal government said they were going to move the waste. That was 35 years ago, and look where it is sitting."
Residents worried about the 521 metric tons of nuclear waste stored near their homes — especially in light of the federal government's failure to come up with a permanent storage plan.
"This all came as an awful surprise," said Paplham. "That waste may be sitting there for 200 years."
A federal plan to store the nation's spent nuclear fuel beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada was derailed last year when local opposition to the repository, which was already under construction, prompted the shutdown of the project.
According to that report, about 3,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel is in storage at nine sites across the country where commercial reactors have been shuttered.