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Wyoming officials considering spent nuclear fuel storage

Wyoming lawmakers are considering allowing the storage of spent nuclear fuel in the state as a way to boost revenue.

The Spent Fuel Rods Subcommittee meets for the first time in Casper on Thursday to discuss the idea. The panel will hear from U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials, among others.

The highly radioactive material used in commercial nuclear reactors must be periodically replaced when the old fuel can no longer effectively sustain a chain reaction.

The Star-Tribune reports Wyoming officials are considering storage as a way to help offset declining coal revenues.

Casper Republican Sen. Jim Anderson says Thursday’s meeting is informational only. He says that he has heard opposition to the proposal in dozens of calls and emails.

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