Three nuclear power plants in New England held closed-door discussions with a British company last year about the possibility of shipping their high-level nuclear waste to the U.K. Though the negotiations went nowhere, British anti-nuke groups were angry this week when news of the discussions leaked out. The New England nuclear plants want to shut down completely, yet are caught in a quandary. The plants can’t shut down until waste is removed from their sites, but federal efforts to open a permanent waste repository in the U.S. seem hopelessly stalled.