Regulators, local community sign MOU on nuclear waste storage review

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) on Oct. 15 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining a plan to work together to review the potential environmental impacts of renewing the spent fuel storage facility license at Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL)’s two-unit, 1,100 MW Prairie Island nuclear plant in Minnesota. The plant is near Red Wing, adjacent to the PIIC reservation.

The NRC will lead the environmental review and retains final authority over whether to renew the storage facility license.

The Prairie Island Indian Community will be a cooperating agency throughout the environmental review process and the MOU will recognize the community’s expertise and access to information regarding historic and archeological resources, socioeconomics, land use and environmental justice, regulators said.

The NRC will give the PIIC copies of technical reports, data and other information, allowing tribal officials to share their expertise on environmental issues of concern.

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