In Boston, as state lawmakers prepare to discuss the safety of New England's nuclear plants at a hearing this week, it appears rate-payers could be in for some serious sticker shock in terms of the cost of storing the growing pile of spent nuclear fuel.
A new report from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and the Hearst Connecticut media group found New England's nuclear plants generate 20 metric tons of nuclear waste a year.
In the last three decades electricity consumers shelled out nearly $1 billion to store nuclear waste — and will likely pay a lot more.
Shay Totten, one of the reporters who worked on the story, joined Morning Edition Monday to provide more details.
This program aired on April 4, 2011.