So, for years the federal government has failed to fulfill its promise to open a nuclear spent fuel repository. Now a bill backed by Rep. Peter Welch and our two senators would force the feds to pay the host town of Vernon big bucks until that promise is fulfilled.
"Currently, NorthStar Vermont Yankee LLC stores 1.2 million kilograms of high-level radioactive spent nuclear fuel at the Vernon site, in a special storage facility built several years ago north of the reactor building. The bill calls for a payment of $15 per kilogram, for up to $18.5 million. The federal Department of Energy was supposed to build a national depository for spent nuclear fuel, but so far plans for such a facility at Yucca Mountain Nevada has failed to make much progress."
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