Waste disposal and storage sites in the US
In the US, spent fuel and highly radioactive waste is temporarily stored in surface facilities at 131 sites in 39 states. The majority of the storage sites are in populated areas. The dispersal of these radioactive materials contrasts with the situation in France where radioactive materials are grouped together at just a few sites. The aim of the Yucca Mountain project, which was abandoned in 2011, was to group waste in a similar way.