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Atlanta’s WABE 90.1 reports on spent fuel storage in Georgia

WABE journalist Shomial Ahmad interviewed Amanda Hill-Attkisson, Georgia WAND's Managing Director, concerning the storage of spent nuclear fuel at Georgia power plants Vogtle and Hatch.  In the wake of the tragic events at the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan, Georgians have a renewed interested in the safety of Georgia nuclear power plants and increasing concern about the hazards of storing spent fuel in pools. The pools, which are housed in conventional buildings rather than containment shelters, are even more susceptible to natural disasters and terrorist attacks.  If the cooling process is halted for any reason, the water in the pools, which normally shields the radiation, may boil off  releasing large amounts of radioactive contaminants into the surrounding environment as was the case in Fukushima.  Hill-Attkisson shed light on the problem when she explained "it's basically an open environment, and you have highly contaminated liquid waste. And liquid waste is always much, much harder to contain."  Currently, Georgia nuclear plant Vogtle stores its fuel in open pools while plant Hatch uses dry cask storage.  Ahmad reports that plant Vogtle is taking steps toward converting its spent fuel storage facilities to dry cask storage.  The story aired on WABE 90.1 FM on June 2nd.  Please follow the link below to hear the broadcast:

WABE story: Majority of Georgia Spent Nuclear Fuel Stored in Pools

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