The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has renewed the operating license for the Morris Operation Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) located in Grundy County, Illinois, according to the Federal Resister.
The new license extends the facility’s operating arrangement for through May 31, 2042.
The NRC noted the license allowed plant owner GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy America to possess, transfer and store radioactive material at the facility, which is next to Morris, Illinois.
Already stored at the site are spent fuel from five different nuclear power plants – Connecticut Yankee, Cooper, Dresden, Monticello and San Onofre. Currently, it is the only off-site storage facility in the country that accepts and houses spent nuclear fuel from power plants.
The facility was originally designed as a fuel reprocessing plant, but that end of the business closed down in 1974.
The original license as a storage facility was issued in 1982 with a extended for 20 years in 2000.
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