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CP&L, Opponents Square Off About Fuel Rod Plans

Posted December 6, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— The fate ofCP&L'splans to expand nuclear waste storage at its plant in the Triangle is now in the hands of the federal government.

The power company squared off with Orange County commissioners in front of theAtomic Safety and Licensing Board. Orange County wants CP&L to perform an impact study before doubling its storage of spent nuclear fuel rods at the Shearon Harris plant.

For the licensing board, this kind of challenge is not very common.

"Most license renewals are relatively minor technical issues," says theNuclear Regulatory Commission'sRoger Hannah. "In this particular one, however, the commissioners of Orange County decided to intervene."

A decision is not expected for a couple of months.