Nuclear Waste at Va. Site Awaits Permanent Home

November 15, 2010

Decades after the federal government agreed to build a permanent storage site for the nation's nuclear waste, temporary sites including one in southeastern Virginia continue to warehouse the radioactive material.

The Daily Press reports that nearly 1.9 million pounds of nuclear waste is stored at Dominion Resources' Surry Power Station.

The waste is contained in concrete casks that take up an area roughly the size of a football field. The material comes from the power station, Virginia's oldest nuclear plant.

Plans to build a national storage site in Nevada was fought by officials there. President Barack Obama later zeroed the project's funding, while setting up a commission to explore alternative sites. Findings from that panel are due in 2012.

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