September 2011

Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told a United Nations special session on nuclear safety and security that the Fukushima Daiichi energy facility will achieve cold shutdown by the end of the year. Noda said Thursday that Japan will disclose all information related to the accident and share with the international community lessons learned from the accident. Noda said that the level of radioactive material has fallen to around one four-millionth of the level seen earlier in the year.
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  • Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who will speak at this week’s United Nations general assembly, said he expects Japan’s shutdown nuclear energy facilities to be running by next summer. Since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, communities throughout Japan have refused to let plants restart after they shut down for routine maintenance. In Japan, local governments have the ability to block nuclear facility restarts. Only about 25 percent of Japan’s nuclear reactors are operating.

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Answer:

Congress passed a law in 1982 directing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build and operate a repository for the disposal of used nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive waste. Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, Congress set a 1998 deadline for DOE to begin to dispose of the used nuclear fuel.  However, due to significant delay in the Energy Department’s program, the 1998 deadline is long past due and no fuel has been moved from nuclear energy facilities

To fund the federal program, the 1982 legislation established the Nuclear Waste Fund. Beginning in 1983, consumers of electricity produced at nuclear energy facilities have paid a tax of one-tenth of a cent for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced into that fund. Commitments to the Nuclear Waste Fund, including interest, total more than $35 billion.
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