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Energy Department proposes first new nuclear waste site by 2021

- - Friday, January 11, 2013

The Department of Energy unveiled a new nuclear waste plan Friday strategy which calls for the creation of an interim storage site by 2021.

According to a story first reported by the Washington Guardian, the Obama administration will ask Congress to approve the plan in hopes of opening a full-scale storage facility by 2025 — and a permanent geologic repository by 2048.

All of the sites would be chosen with the consent of the host communities.

The Energy Department's move Friday marked the Obama administration's first key action on nuclear waste since canceling plans to discard nuclear waste from power plants at the Yucca Mountain geologic repository in Nevada.