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How can nuclear waste be safely stored longterm?

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Southern California Edison announced Friday that is plans to permanently shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The nuclear plant has been offline since a radioactive steam leak in January 2012. Ed Joyce/KPCC

Last week, Southern California Edison announced it had shut down the San Onofre nuclear power plant for good. That raises the question of what will be done with the radioactive material there. 

For now, the spent fuel will be stored on site, but there are no current longterm plans for storage of nuclear waste. James Acton, senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment, joins the show with more. 

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