- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina is getting some federal funding to research ways to more effectively store used fuel leftover from the nuclear power making process.

A release from the school on Thursday said its nuclear engineering program had received a $4 million federal research grant.

The school says the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the grants to South Carolina, Georgia Tech, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin and Penn State University.

Used nuclear fuel is stored in South Carolina and at other sites in canisters made of steel and concrete. This used fuel is expected to be stored for decades before it may be disposed of in an eventual repository or recycled as fuel for future reactors.

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