Critics Eye DOE’s Use Of New Nuclear ‘High-Level Waste’ Interpretation

October 9, 2020
Environmentalists and the state of Washington are closely watching the Energy Department’s (DOE) first application of a disputed new interpretation of “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) that eases waste disposal options, weighing potential actions to address concerns that the reinterpretation flouts federal law and upends treatment options. DOE officials have recently touted the department’s major policy change as being safe and saving money, noting its August application at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina for radioactively contaminated wastewater and...

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