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Calvert Cliffs spent fuel storage okayed
Calvert Cliffs spent fuel storage okayed

Federal regulators announced Thursday that the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant may continue to keep its spent fuel at the southern Maryland plant for another 40 years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission renewed permission for the plant's owner, Exelon Generation, to provide long-term storage on-site for its used fuel roads in concrete and steel casks. After powering a reactor for several years, highly radioactive spent fuel rods are initially kept submerged in a water-filled pool, then transferred to "dry casks" outside with walls thick enough to contain the radiation. The twin-reactor facility at Lusby is the fifth nationwide to get its license renewed for such...