Dominion Energy produces safe, reliable and carbon-free electricity at its six operating nuclear units at three locations in Connecticut and Virginia.
Uranium fuel at our nuclear power stations is used for three 18-month operating cycles – or about four and a half years in total – before it is permanently removed from service. The used fuel is then stored safely and securely in fortified pools of water where it cools down to a point where it can be placed on-site in dry storage facilities. Both storage methods are safe and secure.
Dominion Energy was the first utility to pioneer dry storage at the Surry Power Station, in 1986. The company now operates dry storage facilities at its Surry, North Anna, Millstone and decommissioned Kewaunee power stations. The company stores the used fuel in various types of containers designed to isolate the fuel from the public and the environment.
The company’s nuclear stations have programs in place to minimize production of radioactive waste. One component of this commitment is minimizing the small amount of solid low-level radioactive waste produced at the stations. The treatment and disposal of this waste is highly regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Low-level radioactive waste is dewatered as needed and packed in robust waste disposal containers for transport to one of three licensed radioactive waste disposal facilities in the United States.