April 28, 2016
Washington, D.C., April 28, 2016 – Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS) submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a license to construct and operate a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) for used nuclear fuel and reactor generated Greater-Than-Class-C wastes today. The filing comes after a year of pre-application meetings with NRC and maintains the timeline WCS outlined in February 2015.

The application is being led by WCS, along with its partners NAC International (NAC) and AREVA, both global industry leaders in the transportation and storage of used nuclear fuel.

WCS president & CEO Rod Baltzer said the WCS team expects the CISF to be licensed, constructed and operational by 2021.

“Thanks to the hard work of our partners at AREVA and NAC International, and input from NRC, we were able to deliver a very thorough, detailed license application this morning. I am confident that we will have a final license in three years.”

NAC president and CEO, Kent Cole said “NAC is proud to be part of this strong team of key industry players to support this very important initiative to provide a viable solution to the industry’s need for a safe, secure storage location for used nuclear fuel. There is still political and regulatory work to be done, but the submittal of this license application is a significant milestone that demonstrates the hard work of the combined team and the robustness of the solution.”

Combined, AREVA and NAC represent 62 percent of existing dry storage systems in the U.S., including 78 percent of used nuclear fuel stored at sites where there is no longer an operating nuclear facility.

More detailed information including latest updates and a project overview can be found on the WCS Storage web site (wcsstorage.com)