Would you accept £1million a year to store Hinkley Point radioactive waste in your community? A payment of £1million a year is being offered to communities that are willing to store nuclear waste from the Hinkley Point power plant and other sources. Previous attempts at finding a location to store discarded radioactive materials have failed so the government is once again searching for a community willing to store the waste underground. The material, which will come from medicine, power generation and nuclear defence programmes, will be stored in a facility deep underground but the government needs a community to come forward.
Bristol Post 29th Jan 2018 read more »
The Swedish Environment Court has rejected a proposed final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark, Sweden. Nuclear safety campaigners welcomed the ruling and criticized the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company for what they considered an unacceptable solution. Hailing the decision as “a triumph”, Johan Swahn, Director of MKG, the Swedish NGO office for nuclear waste review said: [This] concerns waste that will be hazardous for thousands of years. Several independent researchers had criticized both the applied method and the selected site. Despite more than sixty years of nuclear power plant operations, no country has yet opened a permanent storage site for spent nuclear waste. Various underground research laboratories are studying ways to develop a permanent waste management scheme. The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company proposed disposing of spent nuclear fuel in copper canisters, a method criticized by scientists because of copper’s potential to corrode. Swedish EEB members the Office for Nuclear Waste Review and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation fought the proposed repository and presented its shortcomings in comparison to alternative methods. The Swedish government must now decide whether or not the project should be allowed to continue, but campaigners feel confident about the outcome of the debate. Waiting for the Swedish government’s final decision, Johan Swahn said: It is hard to believe the Swedish Government’s conclusions will be any different from that of the Court’s.
Metamag 25th Jan 2018 read more »