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  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Tests underway to retrieve underground hazardous waste at Dounreay

    One of the most demanding clean-up jobs ever undertaken in the history of nuclear energy is gathering pace. It involves the recovery and packaging of more than 1500 tonnes of radioactive waste that has lain submerged for up to 50 years in the ground beneath Britain’s abandoned experiment with fast reactors at Dounreay. Tests are underway in Scotland, Germany and the USA to develop the ...

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Canada’s nuclear future

    After decades of inaction, nations around the world are looking to nuclear power as an emission free, cost-competitive alternative to fossil fuels. Budget 2008 released this week is unequivocal in sending a clear signal about Canada’s nuclear future. The federal government stated in 2007 that it was very interested in returning to nuclear power as a source of low emission energy. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Nuclear Power’s Uncertain Future

    Global nuclear generation capacity increased by 4.2 gigawatts (GW), or 1.1 percent, to 373.1 GW and the number of operational reactors also increased by two units to a total of 437 nuclear reactors worldwide last year, according to the new Vital Signs Online trend released by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org). The increases are net figures, taking into account ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Nuclear waste from New Mexico lab may go to Texas

    With the government's only permanent nuclear waste dump shuttered indefinitely by back-to-back accidents, officials are making plans to ship radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to rural West Texas. The Department of Energy and the operator of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico say they have signed an agreement with Waste Control Specialists ...


    By Associated Press

  • Volume of nuclear waste could be reduced by 90 percent says new research

    Engineers from the University of Sheffield have developed a way to significantly reduce the volume of some higher activity wastes, which will reduce the cost of interim storage and final disposal. The researchers, from the University’s Faculty of Engineering, have shown that mixing plutonium-contaminated waste with blast furnace slag and turning it into glass reduces its volume by 85-95 ...

  • Panel backs plan for Nuclear Waste Disposal near Lake Huron

    A Canadian advisory panel Wednesday endorsed a fiercely debated plan to bury waste from nuclear power plants less than a mile from Lake Huron, saying it had concluded the project would pose no danger to the environment. The Joint Review Panel made its recommendation in a report to Canada's environment minister, Leona Aglukkaq, who is expected ...


    By Associated Press

  • Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks

    Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation - this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from underground waste-storage tanks. In a federal lawsuit filed in Spokane on Wednesday, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the U.S. Department of Energy has known about vapors sickening workers at the site since at least the ...


    By Associated Press

  • US energy department faulted for mishandling Hanford nuclear waste

    The US Department of Energy doesn't know enough about the condition and contents of millions of gallons of radioactive and hazardous wastes stored in tanks at its Hanford Site in Washington state to make good decisions about cleanup and costs, according to a new report by Congress's investigative agency. The findings issued by the US General Accountability Office are the latest in a string of ...

  • What lies beneath: carbon capture and nuclear waste study begins

    Economists and energy planners at the IAEA have embarked upon a multi-year project that will make a comparative analysis of the storage of nuclear waste and carbon dioxide. The project will examine the advantages and drawbacks of both approaches to dealing with power generation by-products, and is expected to be of interest to many countries investigating nuclear power while weighing mounting ...

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