A bill that would make it easier to build new nuclear power plants in Kentucky is making its way through the state legislature. New plants have been banned in the Commonwealth since 1984, unless the federal government finds a way to permanently dispose of the waste. Efforts to find such a place—like Yucca Mountain—have so far failed. Nuclear Energy Institute spokesman Mitch Singer says another option could be reusing spent fuel rods.
“There definitely is an interest on the part of the federal government to look into what’s known as closing the fuel cycle, that is a fancy word for reprocessing and recycling.”
But environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council have testified before Congress that those technologies are still unattainable and haven’t worked as hoped in countries such as France and Russia.