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Report Says Public Support Key to GNEP at Hanford

PASCO, Wash.- Just days until a public meeting, and a new report shows that public support for the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership may be the telling factor in which sites the Energy Department chooses.

One of the major factors the Department of Energy will weigh when they make a final siting decision is how the surrounding public supports the project.

Hanford is one of eleven sites being looked at nationally.

Supporters say it already has many of the necessary resources to get things like a fast-reactor going, more than other proposed sites, but if the public doesn't show support, DOE probably wouldn't choose it.

"It is the issue, it is the issue, and I think what department of energy is going to do is they're going to take a report card and go out to different sites, take a reading about participation," said  

GNEP would study ways to reuse spent nuclear fuel and possibly restart FFTF to research and possibly produce medical isotopes.

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 13 at the Red Lion in Pasco.