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Nuclear Power plant issues concern GA commissioner

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The ongoing nuclear crisis following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has one Georgia leader concerned about nuclear plants in our state.

Georgia has two nuclear power plants: Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro and Plant Hatch in Baxley.

Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols, says the crippled Japanese plant had tens of thousands of spent fuel rods on site which made problems worse there.

He wants used rods from the Georgia plant taken to a nuclear waste site such as Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

"We need to move the fuel rods off sight after they initially cool down," said Echols. "We've procrastinated just like Japan, and this should be a warning for us to get these things off sight."

Echols says taxpayers end up footing the bill to manage those fuel rods. He'd like to see a private company move them.