The Nation

The congressional Office of Technology Assessment said the Energy Department should revise its draft plan for permanent disposal of spent nuclear fuel to ensure that the first site will open on time. The nonpartisan agency's report said that the plan, scheduled to be submitted in final form to Congress later this year, doesn't guarantee that the first waste repository will be ready by 1998, the year set by law as the target for opening the first of two permanent storage facilities deep in the earth.

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