NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE Achieving economic, political and regulatory predictability for the entire fuel cycle, including fuel supply, materials licensing and used fuel management is another NEI goal. As part of the industry’s overall used nuclear fuel strategy, NEI in 2012 pursued a comprehensive program to advance the development of consolidated used fuel storage facilities. Early in the year, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future issued recommendations that are in line with industry positions on used fuel management. • NEI continues to advocate for completion of the licensing process for a used fuel repository at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, which was terminated in 2010. • As Congress looked for revenue sources to cut the federal deficit, NEI prevented reinstatement of a $200 million per year tax on operators of nuclear energy facilities for the uranium enrichment decontamination and decommissioning fund. • NEI joined with the National Mining Association in a federal lawsuit to protect industry interests in economical and environmentally sound mining of uranium in Arizona. NEI and NMA challenged the interior secretary’s decision to withdraw approximately 1 million acres of federal land near the Grand Canyon from uranium mining for 20 years. A decision is expected in 2013. PHOTO COURTESY OF AREVA PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMECO The glow of used nuclear fuel being pulled out from the reactor core. Below, uranium miners at Cigar Lake in Canada.
2012 Report to Members
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