Cook Nuclear plant unveils new containment storage area

BRIDGMAN, Mich. -- Cook Nuclear Plant is now using a new containment area for spent fuel.

ABC 57 News got a tour inside the new storage facility on Monday.

The area will have 14 steel and concrete canisters that will hold the spent fuel assemblies for the plant.

Cook Nuclear told us they ran out of space in their old storage and since the federal government has not come up with a solution to house nuclear waste, Cook was forced to build the new space.

"They're safe here for a long time if necessary, but we'd rather they go to a federal repository," Bill Schalk of Cook Nuclear Plant said.

The nuclear plant said the new storage facility cost more than $50 million but the spent fuel will be safe there for more 100 years.

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