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NRC: Nuclear Waste Casks Not Vulnerable

The containers for carrying radioactive waste to the planned Yucca Mountain dump in Nevada would survive a Sept. 11 style airliner attack, the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday. NRC Chairman Nils Diaz told a House subcommittee that officials concluded that after running classified tests. The potential danger of transporting nuclear waste across the nation’s roads and railways has been a key argument made by opponents of the Yucca Mountain project. “Our present findings are that a transportation cask that’s been certified by the NRC … would actually resist the impact of a large aircraft without releasing radioactivity to the public,” Diaz said, responding to a question from subcommittee Chairman Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas. Full Story

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