WCS Applies for Interim Nuclear Waste Storage Facility License

Waste Control Specialists Applies for License to Build Used Nuclear Waste Storage Site

Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS) submitted an application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a license to build and operate a used nuclear fuel storage facility in Texas.

The Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) would be designed to hold low-level radioactive waste. WCS announced plans for an interim storage facility last February and has been involved in pre-application meetings with the NRC. The license submittal puts WCS on track to complete the CISF as early as 2021. The plant would initially store 5,000 MTHM of waste with an eventual capacity of 40,000 MTHM. The application includes opportunities for 20-year renewals after the initial license period.

“Consolidated interim storage would provide system-wide benefits and flexibilities to strengthen the U.S. Used Nuclear Fuel Management Program and help advance a permanent geologic disposal program,” said WCS President and CEO Rod Baltzer. “It creates a robust opportunity to develop and deploy the repackaging technology to prepare the used nuclear fuel currently in dry storage for final offsite disposal in a geologic repository.”

WCS is the only privately-owned and operated facility in the U.S. licensed to treat, store and dispose of Class A, B and C low-level radioactive waste.

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