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NRC, Maine Yankee to Discuss Plans for Spent Fuel Storage


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I-98-129

December 14, 1998

NRC, MAINE YANKEE TO DISCUSS PLANS FOR SPENT FUEL STORAGE

Plans for an independent spent fuel storage facility at the permanently closed Maine Yankee nuclear power plant will be discussed by Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff and plant representatives on Tuesday, December 15. Maine Yankee, located in Wiscasset, Maine, is owned by the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company.

The pre-application meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in Room 6-B-11 at NRC Headquarters, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. Members of the public can observe the meeting, though portions of the session dealing with proprietary information may be closed.

Maine Yankee announced in August 1997 that it was permanently ceasing operations. To deal with spent fuel remaining from the plant's operational life, Maine Yankee is proposing to build an on-site independent spent fuel storage installation, in which the fuel would be placed into specially designed casks.

The fuel is currently stored in a circulating-water pool on the site.

A second meeting is scheduled for later that day on other waste disposal issues. That meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. in room 10-C-2. It is open to the public for observation.

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