Nuclear waste, with nowhere else to go, languishes at NPPD’s Cooper plant

By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald

Even after 10 years left cooling in a pool outside of a reactor core, a single spent nuclear fuel assembly still emits 20 times the lethal dose of radiation, according to the NRC, the federal agency tasked with oversight of such facilities.

There are more than 1,800 such assemblies in so-called “dry storage” at Cooper; the Calhoun plant north of Omaha has about 300, with nearly 950 more due to be moved out of the pool there in about three years, if things go according to plan. Read the entire news story here.

Photo: Workers move spent fuel from NPPD’s Cooper nuclear plant’s cooling pool into dry cask storage in November 2017. Credit: Ryan Soderlin / The World-Herald