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DOE Invites Public Comment on Design of Consent-Based Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Facilities

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued an Invitation for Public Comment in order to solicit feedback regarding the design and implementation of a consent-based siting process to establish an integrated waste management system to transport, store, and dispose of commercial spent nuclear fuel and high level defense radioactive waste. Through this consent-based approach, the DOE intends to engage communities, tribal governments, and states across the country that express interest in hosting facilities identified as part of an integrated waste management system potentially including an interim storage facility, a consolidated interim storage facility and geologic repository, a permanent geologic repository, and/or other facilities. Specifically, the DOE requests input regarding the creation of a consent-based siting approach that ensures fairness, identifies and actively engages all relevant stakeholders, and facilitates the participation of communities in the siting process. The DOE plans to host a series of public meetings to receive input in early to mid-2016. Comments in response to the request for comment are due by June 15, 2016.

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