Ahead of the start of construction later this year of a full-scale Synroc waste treatment plant, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (Ansto) is preparing to upscale the technology from a research level to an industrial scale in a pilot plant. The utility says Ottawa wants an updated analysis of potential combined environmental effects of the site, an updated list of OPG’s commitments to mitigate any identified effects, and a study into the environmental effects of alternate sites.
World Nuclear News 19th Feb 2016 read more »
The federal government has again delayed a decision on Ontario Power Generation’s plan to bury nuclear waste at the Bruce Nuclear site near Lake Huron. OPG says the federal government has said it won’t make a decision as planned on March 1 and says Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has instead has requested three studies.
Global News 18th Feb 2016 read more »
For opponents of the Deep Geologic Repository proposed by Ontario Power Generation, the news that Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has “paused the timeline” on the project is not good news enough. Opposition voices have been crying for an outright “no” from Ottawa, as the deadline loomed for what had been promised as a March 1 decision on the plan to bury 200,000 cubic metres of low and intermediate-level radioactive waste approximately 1.2 km from the Lake Huron shore.
Toronto Star 21st Feb 2016 read more »
This week the South Australian Royal Commission released “tentative findings” recommending the state take more than 100 tonnes of high-level radioactive waste and store it in the desert for hundreds of thousands of years. A final report is due in May, but already there has been excitement around the proposal, which the Commission says could generate billions of dollars a year and thousands of jobs for the South Australian economy. The state has the highest unemployment in the country. Australia has no nuclear power plants and doesn’t generate high-level nuclear waste that needs to be stored for a very long time; it would be imported. If the facility goes ahead, the designers may consider a problem that has baffled linguists and semioticians (sign experts): how to tell the distant future don’t dig up the dump?
CumbriaTrust 20th Feb 2016 read more »