Mon., September 27, 2010 6:20pm (EDT)

Federal Panel To Visit Nuclear Sites
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
President Obama created The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future to deal with more than 70,000 tons of spent fuel from the country’s commercial nuclear reactors.

That’s after the government decided not to pursue a waste repository at Yucca Mountain near Las Vegas.

That site was also meant to house waste being temporarily stored at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site near Augusta.

Tom Clements is with the environmental group Friends of the Earth.

He says he hopes the commission’s January visit doesn’t mean they want to send more waste to SRS.

"Savannah River Site has borne its burden of high level waste and we need to make sure the recommendations don’t include bringing more spent fuel to the site," Clements said.

The commission is expected to publish a report in June discussing the roll of SRS in managing the nation’s radioactive waste.

The visit will also include a stop at plant Vogtle.