Report – The Global Crisis of Nuclear Waste, by Robert Alvarez, Hideyuki Ban, Miles Goldstick, Bernard Laponche, Pete Roche and Bertrand Thuillier. In this report commissionned by Greenpeace France, international independent experts produce an overview about the current status of nuclear waste across the world. Focusing on 7 major nuclearized countries (Belgium, France, Japan, Sweden, Finland, United Kingdom and United States), it shows that the multiple stages of the nuclear fuel cycle produce large volumes of radioactive wastes; and that no government has yet resolved how to safely manage these wastes. The conclusion of the report is clear: underground repository research has failed as a solution.
Greenpeace 30th Jan 2019 read more »
Nuclear waste: an expert report sounds the warning about saturation risks in France and around the world.
Greenpeace Press Release 30th Jan 2019 read more »
Nuclear waste is piling up around the world even as countries struggle to dispose of spent fuel that will remain highly toxic for many thousands of years, Greenpeace detailed in a report Wednesday. An analysis of waste storage facilities in seven countries with nuclear power revealed that several were near saturation, the anti-nuclear nongovernmental organization said. All these nations also confronted other problems that have yet to be fully contained: fire risk, venting of radioactive gases, environmental contamination, failure of containers, terrorist attacks and escalating costs. “More than 65 years after the start of the civil use of nuclear power, not a single country can claim that it has the solution to manage the most dangerous radioactive wastes,” Shaun Burnie, a nuclear expert at Greenpeace Germany and coordinator of the report, said in a statement.
Japan Times 31st Jan 2019 read more »
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Today (January 30th 2019) marks 6 years to the day since Cumbria County Council halted the search for a site to bury the nation’s nuclear waste in Cumbria. In a impassioned speech, Council Leader, and now Cumbria Trust Director, Eddie Martin refused to let the Managing Radioactive Waste (MRWS) search process continue, recognising the overwhelming level of local opposition and Cumbria’s unsuitable geology, amongst a number of other reasons. Copeland borough council’s strategic nuclear and energy board have already started to hold meetings behind closed doors to discuss joining the new process. As well as sidelining the county council, the new process also ignores public opinion. The first and only opportunity the public will have to stop the undemocratic process is after 20 years, during which time the area will be subjected to intrusive investigations and significant blight.
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