Foreign nuclear waste disposal ban proposed again

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Members of Congress will resubmit a bill Wednesday to ban the importation of foreign nuclear waste in an effort to preserve domestic disposal space as the U.S. increasingly looks toward expanding its use of nuclear power.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hasn’t approved the construction of a new nuclear power plant since the late 1970s, but it is currently reviewing applications to build 26 nuclear reactors at 17 different sites throughout the country.

On Tuesday, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and energy secretary nominee Steven Chu said in Washington that nuclear power should be a critical part of the nation’s energy mix. The U.S. gets about 20 percent of its power from nuclear plants.


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