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  • New Mexico lobbying to be storage site for nuclear waste

    New Mexico is touting a rural area in the southeastern part of the state as an interim storage site for the country's high-level nuclear waste, according to a letter issued by Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this month. The governor reached out to the Obama administration in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. In the April 10 letter, which was obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican ( ...


    By Associated Press

  • Nuclear Waste Storage Decision Poses Long-Term Public Health Risks

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today approved a controversial new rule and Environmental Impact Statement regarding nuclear waste that could pose long-term risks to public health and the environment. The NRC’s new rule and EIS could allow utilities to keep dangerous radioactive spent fuel in temporary storage at their reactors indefinitely and bar any waste-related licensing challenges. ...

  • US Plants Prepare Long-Term Nuclear Waste Storage

    Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel - radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump. The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced in the 1980s. Now they are the subject of reviews by industry and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Government consults on nuclear waste policy

    Decommissioning Dounreay generates a variety of different wastes that need to be managed carefully to protect the public and environment from harm. Some of this waste is radioactive. The most hazardous form of radioactive waste generated at Dounreay is known as intermediate-level waste and comes from a variety of redundant plant such as nuclear reactors, fuel reprocessing and laboratories. A key ...

  • Top US nuclear regulator urges storage solution

    The United States' top nuclear regulator said Friday that atomic energy users, including Japan, must figure out how to ultimately store radioactive waste. Allison Macfarlane, head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said in Tokyo that finding an underground repository remains a challenge despite a global consensus on the need for such a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Nuclear waste in my backward? Fine

    Gender and economics effects on nuclear acceptance and awareness Researchers in Finland have found that acceptance of the site of a spent nuclear fuel repository can depend on gender and economic background. Writing in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, the team reports that affluent men more often have a positive opinion on the location of such ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nuclear plants dip into dismantling funds to pay for waste

    With a federal promise to take highly radioactive spent fuel from nuclear plants still unfulfilled, closed reactors are dipping into funds set aside for their eventual dismantling to build waste storage on-site, raising questions about whether there will be enough money when the time comes. It violates Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules for the plants to take money from their decommissioning ...


    By Associated Press

  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

    The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. They won't be moving ...


    By Associated Press

  • MHI Begins Installation of Radioactive Waste Storage Facility Equipment at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) has begun installation work of a radioactive waste storage facility equipment, which will temporarily store radioactive waste (sludge) generated in the processing of radiation-tainted water, at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc. (TEPCO). TEPCO is currently taking various measures towards restoration after ...

  • Texas regulators OK expanding nuclear waste site

    Depleted uranium from federal energy facilities can be buried at a nuclear-waste dumping site in West Texas, state regulators decided Wednesday. The 3-0 vote by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also will triple the Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists facility's capacity of storing low-level radioactive waste from the majority of U.S. states - going from 2.3 million cubic feet to 9 ...


    By Associated Press

  • Storage Bunkers sealed off at Nuclear Dump closed by Leak

    Hundreds of containers of waste have been entombed at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico now that workers have closed off storage areas affected by a radiation leak, officials said Tuesday. After months of work, crews finished sealing the last of two bunkers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant ...


    By Associated Press

  • Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue

    Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip. Underground it's a different story. Workers and scientists have carved a sprawling laboratory deep below this sleep dairy town that, despite government reassurances, some of Horonobe's 2,500 residents fear could turn their neighborhood into a nuclear waste storage site. "I'm ...


    By Associated Press

  • Questions & Answers: Safety standards for nuclear waste disposal

    Why is the Commission proposing the Directive? More than 50 years after the first nuclear power plant become operational (1956 Calder Hall, UK), there are still no final repositories for nuclear waste in the whole European Union. Some Member States such as Sweden, Finland and France are in the planning phase. To minimize the risk of contamination, the EU is proposing high safety standards ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Visit to Yucca Mountain stirs talk about nuclear storage

    Five U.S. Congress members are heading to the mothballed site of a proposed national radioactive waste dump in the Nevada desert, amid new talk about a decades-old problem - where to dispose of spent nuclear fuel stored at commercial reactors around the U.S. The congressional tour Thursday comes with momentum building toward restarting the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Energy Department announces new investment in nuclear fuel storage research

    As part of its commitment to developing an effective strategy for the safe and secure storage and management of used nuclear fuel, the Energy Department today announced a new dry storage research and development project led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The project will design and demonstrate dry storage cask technology for high burn-up spent nuclear fuels that have been ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Cameras penetrate underground nuclear waste store

    Two remotely-operated cameras have sent back video and photos of the intermediate-level radioactive waste stored in Dounreay’s wet silo. The images will give the silo decommissioning team a better idea of the condition of the silo and its cargo of waste. The silo is an underground concrete-lined, two-compartment vault where approximately 500 cubic metres of active waste was sent for storage over ...

  • Experts embrace new US strategy on nuclear waste

    The re-awakening of a United States strategy to bury nuclear waste deep underground has won the support of experts, who claim it has always been the best option for dealing with the country’s growing nuclear waste stores. Prachi Patel's article, "United States launches new direction to manage nuclear waste", ...


    By Cambridge University Press

  • Nuclear waste burial debate produces odd alliances

    Ordinarily, a proposal to bury radioactive waste in a scenic area that relies on tourism would inspire "not in my backyard" protests from local residents - and relief in places that were spared. But conventional wisdom has been turned on its head in the Canadian province of Ontario, where a publicly owned power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 2,230 feet below the surface and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Nuclear waste burial debate produces odd alliances

    Ordinarily, a proposal to bury radioactive waste in a scenic area that relies on tourism would inspire "not in my backyard" protests from local residents - and relief in places that were spared. But conventional wisdom has been turned on its head in the Canadian province of Ontario, where a publicly owned power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 2,230 feet below the surface and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Filtration Systems for Nuclear Decommissioning

    Porvair Filtration Group is a specialist supplier of clean-up filtration systems for nuclear decommissioning and decontamination. As processes are developed to deal with nuclear legacy waste and strict legislation defines storage conditions, Porvair has developed solutions to meet increasingly complex filtration problems associated with decommissioning and decontamination ...


    By Porvair Filtration Group

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