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Posted: May 26, 2014 8:04 AM

Updated: May 26, 2014 8:04 AM

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump.

The canisters used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as a short-term solution when introduced in the 1980s. The canisters, or casks, are now the subject of reviews by industry and government to determine how they might hold up if needed for decades or longer.

Most of the waste remains in pools. But with the pools at or nearing capacity, the majority is expected within a decade to be held in dry-cask facilities. Only three of the country's 62 commercial nuclear sites have announced plans to build their own.

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