As Congress continues to consider legislation on a long term solution for managing the country’s spent nuclear fuel, Bloomberg has released an infographic map detailing the location and extent of spent nuclear fuel across the United States. There are approximately 70,000 metric tons of spent fuel in the country. The top locations are Oconee, S.C., with 1,986; Palo Verde, Ariz., with 1,955; and Browns Ferry, Ala., with 1,939.
The Government Accountability Office recently concluded that storage and disposal facility construction timelines could lead to as many as 140,000 metric tons of spent fuel stored at commercial nuclear reactors.
A close examination of the spent nuclear fuel picture is critical in considering the next steps for federal legislation.