Environmental groups sue to stop nuclear plant relicensing

A week after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission began relicensing nuclear power plants, environmental groups and several states including Missouri are again suing to stop it. The latest litigation affects several utilities, including Ameren Missouri, that have been waiting for a decision from the agency.

The NRC had to suspend relicensing activities two years ago after political wrangling torpedoed a national repository in the Nevada desert. The NRC finalized rules last month that found nuclear waste could be stored indefinitely above ground in dry casks that are replaced every 100 years. Spent nuclear fuel now is usually stored in cooling pools near reactors. Ameren, which is seeking a 20-year extension of the license for its Callaway plant in mid-Missouri, proposes to build a dry-cask storage facility.

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