Energy Institute to pitch storing nuclear waste in Mississippi

The Mississippi Energy Institute is making a pitch to politicians and business leaders that Mississippi get into the used nuclear fuel storage business.

MEI will make a presentation Monday to the state Senate Economic Development Committee, then have a closed meeting with business and political leaders.

Proponents say that since opponents appear to have shot down federal government plans to store the country’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nev., there’s an opportunity for Mississippi to bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs by storing it here.

They say that because the federal government has moved so slow in creating centralized storage sites, nuclear plants, such as Grand Gulf in Port Gibson, are storing their used nuclear fuel in aboveground casks onsite.

Clarion Ledger