Connecticut regulators appear poised to approve a seven-fold expansion of on-site nuclear waste storage at the Millstone nuclear power complex in Waterford.
The Day of New London reports the Connecticut Siting Council unanimously approved the proposal during a straw poll vote last week and intends to take a formal vote May 2. There has been little opposition to the plan.
Millstone Power Station owner Dominion wants to increase the storage capacity in Waterford from the current 19 dry casks to 135 dry casks. The expansion would provide enough storage space for all of Millstone's spent nuclear fuel through 2045.
State environment officials don't object to the plan, but say that it shouldn't be a long-term solution and that the federal government needs to approve a federal storage site.