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What do you do with all the spent fuel rods? And how often do they need to be replaced.Like Shugster said, they're stored on site until we build a central depository like Yucca Mountain. Yet again, your government is screwing over you, the tax payer. The federal government has assumed the responsibility of the spent waste from our plants and the construction of a central depository. In turn, our utilities pay a fee to fund this. However, the department of energy has missed its milestones to set up a central depository, so utilities and states are suing and winning hundreds of millions of dollars for the cost of storing their waste on site. Of course, you, the taxpayer, is paying for this.