The NFRC was established in 2002 to promote the construction and operation of nuclear reprocessing facilities. NFRC promotes reprocessing commercial spent nuclear fuel that is generated by commercial nuclear power plants.

Reprocessing dramatically reduces the amount of high-level radioactive waste that would have to be stored in a geologic repository. We also support reprocessing plutonium and highly enriched uranium from nuclear warheads into fuel for use in commercial nuclear power plants.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nuclear Waste Company Closes In Middle of Night

IMPACT Services, a nuclear waste processing company, closed its Oak Ridge business on Friday, and state officials were at the scene Monday to make sure the radioactive waste housed there — estimated at 1 million pounds — was in a safe and secure condition. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) confirmed the situation.  IMPACT does have some staff, including a radiation safety officer, there and, according to the TDEC, the material is secure and the company is currently trying to determine what its options are moving forward.

The company told the state that about 60-70 percent of the waste inventory at the site could be returned to the generators. "f so,it would leave about 400,000 pounds that would need to be dealt with.

As part of acquiring its license for housing and processing nuclear materials, IMPACT Services had to provide finance assurance through a bonding process, so there will be money available to handle things if the state has to take an active role in controlling the site.  (KnoxNews, 5/21/2012)

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