Nuclear power companies are asking the Obama administration to set up a blue-ribbon panel to consider new ways to handle the 58,000 metric tons of U.S. commercial nuclear waste now piling up at power plants across the nation.
By law, the Energy Department was required to take possession of the radioactive waste beginning in 1998. But work on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada has been repeatedly delayed. Now aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say that Obama has promised to "help kill" the Yucca facility. Is reprocessing part of the answer?
-- Margaret Kriz, NationalJournal.com