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Environmental group questions plans to store nuclear waste in Hartsville

(Columbia-AP) May 1, 2003 - An environmental group is concerned about plans by a North Carolina utility to store nuclear waste above-ground in Hartsville.

The South Carolina Sierra Club says Progress Energy of Raleigh, North Carolina, needs a good reason to store more waste above ground at the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Station. Sierra Club Director Dell Isham says the utility should have a better reason that finances.

Progress Energy spokesman David McNeill says the dry cask storage is safe and cost effective. He says the fuel has been in a cooling pool for at least five years. He says it would be stored in a concrete and steel container.

The method is intended for interim storage while utilities await the opening of a federal nuclear burial ground in Nevada in 2010.

posted 1:07pm by Chris Rees

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