International media: articles and news stories

This section provides a collection of articles from news media around the world, offering a wider spectrum of opinion, but also showcasing the similarities of the reactions of people in different countries.  Click on the media outlet name to link to the original article.

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19 July 2019                                               Jakarta Post (Indonesia)

Idea to develop nuclear energy receives strong opposition in Indonesia

Long-term responsibility for and management of radioactive waste are of key issues in the case against adopting nuclear power.

18 July 2019                                               York Dispatch (USA)

Official: TMI decommissioning could take decades

Three Mile Island’s operating nuclear reactor is shutting down in September, but its towers will continue to mark the skyline for decades.

18 July 2019                                               Unian (Ukraine)

Liquid radioactive waste treatment plant launched in Kyiv region

A new facility near Chernobyl has started work turning liquid radioactive waste into a solid form, which is safer and easier to store and dispose of.

17 July 2019                                               Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Nevada’s governor wants Yucca earthquake review

After recent Californian earthquakes, Nevada Governor calls on the federal government to reassess the seismic analysis of the Yucca Mountain site. Also reported by ABC News, Nevada Independent, Nevada Appeal, KDWN FM, Reno Gazette-Journal, CBS Sacramento, WJLA News7, and covered internationally by Daily Mail, and in UK by The Independent

17 July 2019                                               San Francisco Gate (USA)

Nuclear weapons waste shipped from Idaho to New Mexico

20,000 cubic metres of highly radioactive waste has now been removed from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site and sent for permanent disposal at the WIPP facility in New Mexico, according to the INL site operators. Also reported by Idaho News, Albuquerque Journal, Durango Herald

17 July 2019                                               Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP: Shipments, mining continue amid facility upgrades

Local media report on WIPP’s management team update to the community on operations and activity at the site.

16 July 2019                                               Renfrew Today (Canada)

Large protest on land and water planned to oppose burying of radioactive waste at Chalk River

Protest planned against a proposed near-surface disposal facility for lower-level radioactive waste.

16 July 2019                                               Rozhlas Plus (Czech Republic)

Finns will be the world’s first to store spent nuclear fuel in a deep geological repository

Further media coverage in Czech Republic about Finland’s repository, as the Czech’s gear up for the next stage in their site selection process, expected in the new year.

16 July 2019                                               38North (N Korea)

Remediation of Yongbyon: The First Step Towards Cooperative Threat Reduction?

Whilst the world focuses on nuclear weapons, this article looks in some detail at the decommissioning, environmental remediation and radioactive waste management issues that will need to underpin any eventual Treaty, and suggests that co-operating on those issues might be critical in building trust and learning how to work together.

16 July 2019                                               Intercontinental Cry

TRUMP IS TRYING TO REVIVE THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN NUCLEAR WASTE SITE

History of local tribal activist and environmentalist opposition to Yucca Mountain repository.

16 July 2019                                               Japan Times

Is there a future for nuclear power in Japan?

The challenges of. disposing of radioactive waste remain a hurdle to the future of nuclear power in Japan.

16 July 2019                                               Brussels Times (Belgium)

Radioactive substances found in Brussels garbage

Radioactive medical waste has sparked an incident in Brussels. But apparently this is not an uncommon occurrence.

15 July 2019                                               International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA Helps Countries Build Knowledge on Safely Disposing Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources

As medical, industrial and academic use of radioactive materials increases, IAEA reviews how prepared countries are in managing & disposing of this waste. The waste may be small but can be highly radioactive and is used in myriad “non-nuclear” facilities.

15 July 2019                                               Los Angeles Times

Radiation in parts of the Marshall Islands is far higher than Chernobyl, study says

New research suggest that the area around the US’ interim surface storage facility (which is allegedly leaking) is more radioactive than Chernobyl or Fukushima. Story covered internationally by News.Com Australia, Business Insider, RT Russia Today, UPI, Unilad, ZME Science

15 July 2019                                               Australian Mining

Australia strengthens commitment to Antarctic mining ban

On the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty, the ban on dumping nuclear waste in Antartica has been re-affirmed by the 54 signatory member states.

15 July 2019                                               Washington Times (USA)

Nuclear waste storage resumes at Southern California plant

Resumption of moving radioactive waste into interim surface storage at the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in Southern California, nearly a year after a 50-ton canister got stuck. Story also covered by San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, The Desert Sun, Capistrano Dispatch, San Clemente Times, KPBS, Times of San Diego, Patch, KCRW, Dana Point Times. Further, later updates by Orange County Register

14 July 2019                                               The Hindu (India)

Hindi has lowered debate standards in Parliament: Vaiko

In a wide-ranging interview with leading Opposition politician, he expresses concerns that New Delhi government is seeking to us his state, Tamil Nadu, as a “nuclear dumping ground”

13 July 2019                                               Voice of America

Quakes Shake Up Nuclear Waste Storage Talk in Nevada

Is radioactive waste best kept on the surface or buried deep underground in the event of an earthquake? Science and pro-Yucca campaigners suggest underground is much safer. Politics and anti-Yucca activists say the opposite. Story also covered by Washington Post, ABC News, San Francisco Chronicle, Fresno Bee, Honolulu Star Advertiser, KTVN, Insurance News Net, USA Breaking News, Sparks Tribune

13 July 2019                                              Taipei Times (Taiwan)

AEC approves Taipower’s Jinshan decommission plan

Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council (AEC) has approved the decommissioning plan, but there are still unresolved issues relating to long-term storage of spent fuel on site.

13 July 2019                                               KXAN36 (USA)

Atom Repository: we can learn from Sweden – view

US-based ‘celebrity news’ media outlet visits the proposed Swedish deep geological repository.

12 July 2019                                               Forbes

The One Viable Solution To Climate Change

Long-term management and disposal of radioactive waste remains a key obstacle to the expansion of nuclear power.

12 July 2019                                               Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Borehole drilling near Ignace underway: Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Drilling of a new borehole has started in the continuing process to evaluate possible locations for a deep geological depository for radioactive waste. This is the second borehole drilled near Ignace, and preparation is underway for one more.

12 July 2019                                               Energy Communities Alliance (USA)

House Passes 2020 National Defense Authorization Act

The US House of Representatives has passed its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorisation Act budget — which funds significant parts of radioactive waste management activity. The US Senate passed its version of the budget in June. Both chambers will now form a joint committee to reconcile differences between the two bills.

12 July 2019                                               ABC News (Australia)

Federal Court dismisses bid to stop ballot on nuclear storage facility near Kimba

A South Australian Aboriginal group has lost a legal bid to stop a local community ballot on whether to host a low-level radioactive waste repository. The group are considering whether to appeal. The Government says it will consider the. judgement before discussing how to proceed with the local community. Widely covered by media, including The Australian, SBS News, 9News, 7News, In Daily, News24, Eyre Peninsula Tribune, The Transcontinental, Canberra Times

11 July 2019                                               Rathenau Institute (Holland)

Definitive safe storage of radioactive waste requires social involvement

In seeking a permanent solution to radioactive waste, Dutch Government has appointed an independent Institute to spend next 5 years consulting with public on how to create a socially-acceptable & fair decision-making process [google autotranslate from dutch available].

11 July 2019                                              Medi Telegraph (Italy)

“Italy is defaulting on nuclear waste” says EU Court

European Court of Justice rules that Italy is in breach of the Euratom Directive by failing to develop a national programme for radioactive waste management, and submit a plan to the European Commission. It is unclear what sanctions, if any, can be imposed upon Italy.

10 July 2019                                               Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Mayors demand transparency for radioactive waste shipments

The US Congress of Mayors has again called on the Energy Department to be more open and consultative about radioactive waste management shipments.

10 July 2019                                               Nuclear Transparency Watch (Europe)

French national debates on radioactive waste management start

EU-funded citizen’s ‘watchdog’ publish overview of the French national debate about radioactive waste management.

10 July 2019                                               Exchange Monitor (USA)

New Nuclear Reactors Won’t Solve Waste Dilemma, Former NRC Chair Says

Developmental nuclear power reactors do not provide an easy solution to management of the radioactive waste according to Allison Macfarlane, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) chair 2012-2014.

10 July 2019                                               Time Magazine

Low-Level Radioactive Waste Shipments to Nevada Prompt Calls for Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Resignation

US Department of Energy admits multiple shipments of low-level radioactive waste to a site north of Las Vegas may have been mislabeled and out of compliance with safety regulations for years. Shipments of the waste from Tennessee to Nevada have already been suspended and an investigation launched. Story also covered by CNN, Washington Post, CBS News, Huffington Post, The Republic, Daily Journal, Reno Gazette Journal, Nevada Independent, KTVN, Las Vegas Sun, Nevada Appeal, KDWN, NBC News3 Las Vegas, and overseas by Chinese news agency Xinhua, Yahoo!News. Local anti-Yucca newspaper Las Vegas Sun runs a scathing editorial.

10 July 2019                                               International Atomic Energy Agency

Developing the First Ever Facility for the Safe Disposal of Spent Fuel

Overview of the science underpinning, and the development of, the geological repositories in Sweden and Finland.

10 July 2019                                               Global Voices (Hungary)

This is how Hungarian villages fought back against planned nuclear waste repositories in the 1980s

As the village of Boda becomes the focus of geological study in the current search for a repository site, memories of how local people in other areas saw off previous attempts to impose repositories during the Communist era.

10 July 2019                                               Times Record (USA)

Senate bill to help communities like Wiscasset ‘STRANDED’ with nuclear waste

Bipartisan legislation, the Sensible, Timely Relief for America’s Nuclear Districts’ Economic Development (STRANDED) Act, has been proposed to address the impacts of stranded nuclear waste by providing federal assistance to communities around the US that are burdened with storing radioactive waste pending disposal in a geological repository. Also reported by Boothbay Register, Maine Biz, Bangor Daily News, WGME

9 July 2019                                               North West Mail (UK)

Communities in running to host underground nuclear waste store to ‘be told what will be stored there’

Communities interested in hosting an underground facility to house Britain’s most hazardous nuclear waste will be given the clearest possible picture of the materials to be stored there, the Government has said. The reassurance comes after changes were made to a draft National Policy Statement following feedback from a cross-party select committee. Also reported in Times & Star, Carlisle News & Star

9 July 2019                                               CBSNews7 (USA)

NRC’s hearing for Andrews waste storage

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) holding local public hearings to discuss a proposed temporary radioactive waste facility in West Texas, and the license needed to move 40,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste from other sites across the US to the proposed facility.

9 July 2019                                               Geological Society of London

Multiple Roles of Clays in Radioactive Waste Confinement

Geological Society of London issue Special Publication of 20 papers looking at how/why clay is a “good” isolator of radioactivity in context of a geological disposal repository.

8 July 2019                                               Kewaunee Comet (USA)

KEWAUNEE TO HOST NRC MEETING ABOUT DECOMMISSION IMPACT

Local newspaper reports that Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public hearing in their area as part of a consultation programme on how communities can best be involved in decisions on decommissioning of local nuclear facilities.

8 July 2019                                               Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Recycle everything, America—except your nuclear waste

New designs and technology may make nuclear reactors more efficient, but there will always be some wastes left over that require geological disposal.

8 July 2019                                               Las Vegas Sun (USA)

State official: Consent-based nuclear waste storage bill may be changed to include Yucca Mountain

New bipartisan Senate legislation, the 2019 Nuclear Waste Administration Act would require multiple local approvals before the creation of a nuclear waste repository in any area. As introduced, however, the bill does not apply to Yucca Mountain. Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto reportedly working on an amendment to extend coverage to Yucca.

8 July 2019                                               American Council on Science & Health

Fact-Check: Nevada’s Rep. Susie Lee Fearmongers Over Yucca Mountain

Analysis of statements made by politicians about Yucca, checked against facts.

8 July 2019                                               Orange County Register

Earthquakes, radioactive waste, and that nuclear plant on the Orange County coast

Local paper looks at risks of the interim surface storage stores of radioactive waste at San Onofre, in the light of the recent tremors in southern California. Nevadan media highlights political reaction to Californian quakes, including Las Vegas Review-Journal, News3 Las Vegas. Other media coverage includes EcoWatch

8 July 2019                                               Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

Necsa chairperson bows out

Apparent continued uncertainty at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa), as the new Chairman resigns after just 6 months in post. Necsa manages and operates the Vaalputs National Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility.

8 July 2019                                               New Europe

Russia floats nuke plant

Being able to take radioactive waste away with it, is touted as a benefit of the world’s first floating nuclear reactor.

8 July 2019                                               HLN (Belgium)

“New storage location for Tihange nuclear waste insufficiently safe”

Green Party expresses concerns that new proposed ‘dry storage’ facility is not safe, saying proposed facility is exposed to a risk of a plane crashing into it, as it lies under a flight path into Liege airport. Also reported by Brussels Times

8 July 2019                                              Albuquerque Journal (USA)

WIPP has major projects through summer

Brief overview of all the important infrastructure works being carried out this summer at the world’s only operational geological repository for radioactive waste.

8 July 2019                                               Nordic Monitor (Turkey/Belarus)

Turkey, Belarus nuclear energy agreement open to abuse

Concern that a treaty which includes co-operation on radioactive waste management allegedly provides too much scope for Executive to operate outside the terms of. the treaty.

6 July 2019                                               Orange County Register (USA)

The safe transfer of spent fuel at San Onofre

Senior executive of Southern California Edison, operator of the San Onofre nuclear plant, explains what the company has learned and how it intends to proceed, now that the resumption of transferring waste has been approved by regulatory authorities.

5 July 2019                                               International Atomic Energy Agency

Working Towards a Comprehensive National Legal Framework: Senegal Hosts Nuclear Law Seminar for Stakeholders

IAEA supports skills and knowledge development for Senegalese officials, including providing framework for safe management and disposal of radioactive waste.

5 July 2019                                              BBC World Service

The indigenous fight to stop nuclear waste disposal

10-minute podcast remembering the 1995-2004 campaign led by local indigenous women which successfully opposed a previous attempt to site a radioactive waste repository in South Australia.

5 July 2019                                              Manitoulan Expositor (Canada)

Chiefs-in-Assembly oppose small modular reactors on Anishinabek lands

Concern that “Canada may become the radioactive dump of the world as other countries seek to dispose of their radioactive waste” amongst reasons the Anishinabek Nation are opposed to new nuclear facilities on their land or water. [NB ‘exporting’ radioactive waste to another country is not allowed under international treaties]

5 July 2019                                              The Journal News (USA)

Nuclear plant shutdown hearings planned around country, including Westchester

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to hold public hearings around the country to discuss how communities can stay informed about and engaged in how nuclear power plant’s are shutdown and dismantled.

4 July 2019                                              Le Monde (France)

Bure: the Court of Auditors is concerned about the cost of the nuclear waste storage project

Public spending watchdog wants greater clarity about costs of the French geological repository. In 2016 the French Government fixed the price at €25bn — but this decision based on ‘splitting the difference’ between Andra’s (government agency responsible for the repository) predicted €34bn pricetag, and the commercial sector’s (the waste producers) @19bn forecast.

4 July 2019                                              New Jersey.Com (USA)

Take deeper dive into Camden firm’s nuke-plant promises | Editorial

Continued concern about Holtec International’s plans to acquire shuttered nuclear plants and decommission them at lower cost/faster speed.

4 July 2019                                              Xinhua (China/Iraq)

Provincial authorities reject to bury radioactive waste in Iraq’s Salahudin

Chinese official news agency reports that following local rejection of an Iraqi government proposal to store and dispose of radioactive waste in the desert in Anbar province, the Iraqi’s second choice of a site in Salahuddin province has also met with strong local resistance.

4 July 2019                                               Pew Trust

Nuclear Plant Closures Bring Economic Pain to Cities and Towns

Non-partisan, evidence-based Pew Trust evaluates local community impacts of nuclear decommissioning — and by corollary, benefits to a community of hosting facilities?

3 July 2019                                               World Nuclear News

Holtec completes plant acquisition

Industry update on Holtec International’s activities, as it completes its acquisition of the shut-down Oyster Creek nuclear power plant from Exelon, and the current owner of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant removes all fuel from the reactor prior to planned sale of the plant to Holtec later this year for accelerated decommissioning.

3 July 2019                                              International Atomic Energy Agency

Radioactive Waste Management

Short (2-min) video providing IAEA explanation of radioactive waste and its management.

2 July 2019                                              Los Alamos Reporter (USA)

WIPP Receives 12,500th Shipment Of Transuranic Waste

Reported that WIPP drivers have safely traveled over 14.9 million “loaded” miles, transporting more than 178,500 waste containers for permanent disposal. Safety record attributed to WIPP’s transportation protocols which are considered amongst the most stringent in the commercial transportation industry. Also reported by Carlsbad Current Argus, KRWG, Los Alamos Daily Post, and across US by Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Aiken Standard, KMVT CBSNews11, Seattle Informer

2 July 2019                                              The Caravan (India)

The women protesting the Kudankulam nuclear plant

Article looking at the women-led local protest movement, which is now campaigning against the proposed interim surface radioactive waste facilities planned for the nuclear site.

2 July 2019                                              Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

Carlsbad City Council approves Holtec Resolution

Carlsbad joins the other local community, Eddy County, in supporting Holtec’s planned temporary radioactive waste facility. The plan to lobby state officials now opposing the plan.

2 July 2019                                              Local Government Chronicle (UK)

It’s time to talk about radioactive waste’

Article by RWM’s Siting Director Ann McCall, explaining the issues to a local government audience.

2 July 2019                                              Las Vegas Sun (USA)

Proponents of nuclear waste dump have a new strategy: Just buy us off

Another anti-Yucca Mountain opinion piece in a newspaper with an avowed long-standing anti-Yucca editorial position.

1 July 2019                                              Exchange Monitor (USA)

Fluor Idaho Nears Completion of Waste Processing at Drum Accident Site

Repackaging of radioactive sludge waste at the site of an April 2018 drum breach at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory is nearly complete.

1 July 2019                                              International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA Spent Fuel Management Conference Concludes with Award to Young Professionals

First year Japanese doctoral student Tomohiro Okamura has won the 2019 Spent Fuel Management Young Generation Challenge, with a project on reducing the area of a geological disposal site by introducing partitioning technologies.

For articles from January – March 2019, please click on this link to our Jan – Jun 2019 Media Archive.

For articles from 2018, please click on this link to our 2018 Media Archive.

For articles from 2017, please click on this link to our 2017 Media Archive.