- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (AP) - FirstEnergy Corp. is hoping the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will approve its plan to store spent nuclear fuel rods in a concrete mausoleum of sorts at a power plant in western Pennsylvania.

FirstEnergy vice president Eric Larson tells the Beaver County Times (http://bit.ly/1yBJMvJ ) the company is hoping the project at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station will be approved in a few weeks.

Spent fuel rods at the plant in Shippingport, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, are now stored in steel-lined, 302,000 gallon cooling pools where they remain for at least five years before being moved to dry storage.

Larson says the concrete, air-cooled storage unit completed in June is essentially a concrete mausoleum built to withstand earthquakes, tornadoes and even sabotage.

Larson says the unit “really has no environmental-type of impact.”

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Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

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