Former NRC Chief Says San Onofre’s Nuclear Waste May Never Be Moved | KPBS
“Over the years, political appointees, people like me — you’ve tended to have people appointed in those top positions, the commission itself, who have had more of a focus on the industry than they have on the public, and I think that’s unfortunate,” he said.
Part of the problem, Jaczko said, is that the industry does not want to take responsibility for the waste, now that the nuclear fuel is no longer making money for them.
Theoretically storing nuclear waste until the federal government finds a permanent repository should be safe, Jaczko said, but the federal government has not found a permanent storage site.
“A monitored storage approach is perfectly fine if you find the right site and you accept the responsibility,” he said. “If you take a company like Edison, they are no longer generating electricity at San Onofre. They no longer want to have the responsibility for maintaining waste. It’s not a business.”
“You have these companies that have spent decades generating this waste and now that they’re done generating electricity, they don’t want to have to deal with a problem that could last longer than the actual time period that they generated electricity,” he said.