Each Entergy Nuclear plant has an aggressive waste minimization program designed to achieve the lowest category of hazardous waste production. Additionally, most nuclear fuel loses about 50 percent of its radioactivity within three months and about 80 percent after one year. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that hazardous used fuel could be stored at plant sites for 100 years without adverse health or safety consequences.
While spent fuel is currently being stored safely on-site, Entergy Nuclear looks forward to the federal government's establishment of a permanent disposal site. Meanwhile, standardized building procedures and new technologies are reducing the cost and enhancing the attractiveness of nuclear generation. Standard plans are producing more reliable and efficient plants while new technology has the potential to make future plants even safer and more economical.