CARLTON, Wis. (AP) – The owner of the shuttered Kewaunee Power Station wants an exemption to federal safety regulations, saying the rules for storing nuclear fuel are outdated.
But a Press-Gazette Media report says five U.S. senators are pushing back on having such requests approved, citing dangers associated with potential terrorist attacks or the nuclear incident in Japan.
Dominion Resources Inc. shut down the Kewaunee plant last year. The spent fuel rods will be placed in storage offsite in 2016.
Federal regulations say an emergency protection zone needs to be maintained up to 50 miles around the storage site.
Kewaunee spokesman Mark Kanz says the rule overstates the possible dangers.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will consider Dominion’s request to loosen the standards. Five senators are asking the NRC to maintain its current rules.
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