The Arizona Legislature is telling the federal government that we want to store nuclear waste (spent fuel from power plants) in Arizona according to a story in the Arizona Republic. The legislative resolution passed yesterday is non-binding but the US is looking for alternatives since the Obama Administration pulled the plug on the Yucca Mountain waste repository being built in southern Nevada.
The Arizona initiative is being led by State Senator Al Melvin (R-Saddlebrook) who has been talking about using one of the numerous underground salt bodies in the state to carve out caverns for storing the waste. [Right, salt deposits in Arizona. AZGS map]
AZGS geologist Jon Spencer gave an overview of Arizona's salt resources to a community forum last night, organized by Sen. Melvin. AZGS was only providing scientific information about the location, size, and characteristics of salt bodies. We have not taken a position on how effective or practical salt storage would be, nor are we carrying out any studies of using these salt bodies for possible storage sites.