Alexander Will Follow Oak Ridge Opinions On Waste Processing

Knoxville (AP) -- Senator Lamar Alexander says he wouldn't want nuclear waste processed in Oak Ridge without the community's support or limits on how much waste is handled.

A 7,000 acre Department of Energy site near the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is one of eleven locations being studied as part of the Bush Administration's Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.

The Bush Administration strategy would reverse the country's long-held policy banning the reuse of spent nuclear fuel.

Alexander said Thursday the amount of waste coming to Oak Ridge for reprocessing could be limited as part of the arrangement made with the government if the city is selected.

He said Oak Ridge or any other site doesn't have to be the location handling waste from all over the country.

Alexander does support nuclear power as a clean-air alternative to coal-burning power plants.

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