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Request for Comment on Spent Fuel Pool Study

The NRC plans to publish notice of a draft study examining the effect of faster removal of spent reactor fuel from pools to dry cask storage. The study evaluated how pool leakage from a potential earthquake might cause the spent fuel to overheat and release radioactive material. The study concluded that there was a low probability of such an accident and that faster fuel transfer to casks would not provide a significant safety benefit. The NRC will be seeking public comment on the study for 30 days following publication of the notice in the Federal Register. The NRC will use the public comments and the final study as part of its Japan Lessons-Learned activities.