BOSTON (AP) - Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Senate President Therese Murray are calling on Congress to address a longstanding problem of what to do with the spent fuel at commercial nuclear power plants.
Coakley and Murray last week sent a letter to members of Congress urging passage of a bill establishing a process for creating permanent storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel.
The lack of such long-term storage means spent fuel must be stored on site, which Murray called a "major concern."
Murray's Senate district includes Plymouth, home of the Pilgrim nuclear plant. The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is located in Vernon, Vermont; not far from the Massachusetts state line. There is also a nuclear plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire, which is similarly close to Massachusetts.
The letter warns of potential environmental and public safety issues associated with on-site storage, along with added costs for ratepayers.
Coakley and Murray have previously questioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission 's assertion that the risks of on-site storage are minimal.
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