Panel backs new storage site for nuclear waste

WASHINGTON — A commission created to find a safe way to dispose of the nation's nuclear waste is considering a plan to build one or more storage sites to replace a long-planned nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

The 15-member commission said today it is leaning toward a plan that would store used reactor fuel in steel and concrete structures built at a site or sites to be determined.

The commission released a draft recommendation at a meeting today. The Obama administration created the panel last year after canceling a longstanding plan to bury waste at Yucca Mountain, a remote site 100 miles outside Las Vegas.

The draft recommendation does not identify any proposed site, nor do commission members agree on whether there should be one or several sites for a nuclear dump.

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