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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16 January 2019                                  OPB TV (USA)

Federal Hanford Cleanup Watchdog Put To Sleep By Government Shutdown

The ongoing government shutdown in America is impacting on regulatory and community oversight of nuclear clean-up and decommissioning activity.

16 January 2019                                  Dawn (Pakistan)

Sepa to seek ‘complete details’ of DHA City projects

Management of radioactive waste a key public concern at environmental hearings into the impact of a new hospital offering specialised, radiation-based medical treatments.

16 January 2019                                  Variety

DRG Boards Sales on Scandi Sci-Fi Mystery Series ‘The White Wall’

Scandinavian TV mystery sci-fi series in which a mysterious white wall is discovered at the site of the world’s largest nuclear waste depository. It becomes clear that the wall is not made of any material known to man, and the team at the nuclear waste centre must decide how to deal with it.  News of the TV programme’s worldwide syndication also reported by TVWise, TBIVision, Rapid TV News

16 January 2019                                  The SandPaper (USA)

Feds Set Date to Hear Concerns Over NJ Company’s Plans for Spent Nuclear Fuel Repository

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold Hearings on 23 Jan (and possibly 24 Jan) into Holtec International’s plans for a temporary radioactive waste facility in New Mexico.

15 January 2019                                  EuroNews

How does Finland handle radioactive waste? By burying it

Report on the construction of Finland’s GDF.

15 January 2019                                  Energy Communities Alliance (USA)

DOE Releases Annual Transuranic Waste Inventory Report for 2018

The Department of Energy (DoE) has published its Annual Transuranic Waste Inventory Report.  The report estimates current and future inventory of TRU waste as reported by DOE generator sites. The report describes changes to the inventory since the previous annual report (issued December 2017). The TRU waste inventory information is used for regulatory purposes, as input to analyses (e.g., WIPP Documented Safety Analysis and National Environmental Policy Act analyses), and for strategic planning such as the development of new containers or shipping packages and design changes that may be made to the repository.

14 January 2019                                  S&P Global

Some US nuclear industry officials question if new repository strategy needed

With the changed Congressional landscape, three anonymous nuclear industry figure speculate whether it makes sense to keep all the eggs in one basket, and whether a geological disposal ‘plan B’ is required.

14 January 2019                                 Belarus News

Belarusian nuclear power plant representative talks about spent fuel management options

At a public conference, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant Alexander Parfenov outlined the options under consideration for storing and disposing of higher-activity radioactive wastes.

14 January 2019                                 Las Vegas Sun (USA)

First step to a solution on nuclear waste: End Yucca Mountain

UK’s new siting process is used as an example of how another country has revised its approach to finding a geological disposal site, and newspaper urges US to do similar.

14 January 2019                                 Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan)

Costs for scrapping Japan’s nuclear facilities estimated at ¥6.7 tril

Leading national newspaper estimates known costs for decommissioning at over US$60bn — but these don’t include new nuclear power plants, Fukushima and other costs.

13 January 2019                                 Albuquerque Journal (USA)

Permit changes at WIPP face challenges

US Senator Tom Udall is encouraging the new incoming administration of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to revisit a state government decision made just before she took office on 1 January that changes thew way in which radioactive waste volumes are calculated at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), in effect allowing more waste to placed in the underground repository.

12 January 2019                                 Brattleboro Reformer (USA)

Yankee sale to NorthStar completed

The sale hailed as the first of its kind in the nuclear power industry, as a decommissioned nuclear reactor was sold to a non-nuclear company for decommissioning, clean up and site restoration.  The sale means that the demolition of the nuclear plant will be undertaken decades ahead of the original planned time frame, and for less cost than the anticipated US$1.2 billion.

12 January 2019                                 Xinhua (China — Germany/Russia)

German industry calls for stronger cooperation with Russia

Collaboration on management and disposal of radioactive waste is amongst subjects the German Eastern Business Association (OAOEV) believes there should be more of between Germany and Russia.

11 January 2019                                 Wall Street Journal

Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet

In a pro-nuclear item, argues that amount of waste produced by nuclear is tiny in comparison with other energy sources, and that contrary to popular opinion, there are solutions to its disposal.

11 January 2019                                 World Nuclear News

Diablo Canyon panel calls for accelerated decommissioning

A panel set up as a forum to provide community input into matters related to the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant has recommended a faster-track approach which does not require radioactive waste to be stored on site indefinitely.  The panel’s report says areas surrounding the plant are a “spectacular natural resource”, calls for an exploration of “repurposing” facilities as a way to both reduce the amount of demolition materials created and create opportunities for new local jobs and economic development, including the retention of marine facilities such as breakwaters and the associated harbour.

11 January 2019                                 Nevada Independent (USA)

Groundhog Day in new Congress: Yucca push coming

John Shimkus, who has previously led bipartisan attempts by the House of Representatives to fund Yucca Mountain believes the focus has now shifted to the Senate, referencing the supporttive statement by the new chair of the responsible Senate subcommittee.  Although Democrats in both the Senate and House are expected to want to try and protect the Nevada Congressional Caucus (which is mainly Democrat, but from a swing State), individual members of Congress will come under local pressure to resolve the interim storage of waste in their areas.

10 January 2019                                WRAL News5 (USA)

Hearing planned on barrel ruptures at E. Idaho nuclear site

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board plans to hold a public hearing in May 2019 into the rupture of four barrels containing radioactive waste at the Idaho National Laboratory in April 2018.  Also reported by Seattle Times

10 January 2019                                Exchange Monitor (USA)

Alexander Wants to Fund Yucca Mountain This Year

The new chair of the US Senate Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee, Lamar Alexander has said:  “This year, we should resolve the more than 30 year stalemate over how to dispose of used nuclear fuel. I support proceeding on all fronts: funding Yucca Mountain, as well as storing used nuclear fuel at interim storage sites and at private facilities.”  Alexander did not push for funding last year because of the electoral situation facing fellow Republican Senator Dean Heller.  Heller lost his election, and now Alexander signalling a willingness to find a bipartisan way forward.  Also reported in Las Vegas Review-Journal, WATE News6

10 January 2019                                News AM (Armenia)

Armenia government approves radioactive waste safe-management 8-year action plan

At its first Cabinet session of the year, the Government of Armenia approved the 2019-2026 action plan for the safe management of radioactive waste and used nuclear fuel in the country, as well as the action plan-timetable that was developed for the implementation of this program.

9 January 2019                                  KPBS (USA)

Edison Community Engagement Panel Chair Addresses Safety Concerns At San Onofre

In a 15-minute interview with local Public Radio the chair of the Community Engagement Panel addresses local peoples’ concerns, criticises the operator for safety failures, and says the sorts of temporary storage facilities proposed in New Mexico and West Texas are an important first step until a permanent repository can be found.

9 January 2019                                  Orange County Register (USA)

Surprise redesign of nuclear waste canister at San Onofre not a big deal, company tells NRC

In a ‘pre-decisional enforcement conference’ with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Holtec International argued that the changes they made to packaging without seeking approval were insignificant and did not compromise safety, thus further penalties or sanctions were not necessary.

9 January 2019                                  Voice of San Diego (USA)

The Head-Spinning Complexity of Moving Nuclear Waste Out of San Diego

Looking at the options of what to do with the radioactive waste stored at San Onofre, and the importance of having a permanent disposal solution.

9 January 2019                                  Chemical Engineer (UK)

UK relaunches search for a GDF site

Factual reportage on the Government’s announcement and the re-opening of the UK’s siting process.

9 January 2019                                  Xinhua (China/USA)

U.S. state of Washington opposes federal plan to reclassify nuclear waste

The story is also being followed by and reported upon by the Chinese official news agency Xinhua.  And being covered in UK by The Independent, and locally by Statesman Journal

9 January 2019                                  Natural Resources Defence Council (USA)

Energy Department Wants to Abandon Radioactive Waste

Leading environmental coalition opposed to planned reclassification.

9 January 2019                                  Energy Communities Alliance (USA)

ECA Submits Comments to DOE Regarding Interpretation of High-Level Waste: ECA Supports the Common-Sense Interpretation

Group representing local governments hosting nuclear facilities submits it’s response to the Energy Department’s consultation on reclassifying radioactive waste.  US local government supports the proposal.

9 January 2019                                  American Legal News

Widespread Concern Over Trump Administration Plan to Re-Classify Some Nuclear Waste

Reporting on the local debate in Washington and Oregon about the proposed reclassification of radioactive waste [none of the reports mention the support for the reclassification by the body which represents US local governments that host nuclear facilities — see above article], the magazine concludes: “Whatever regulatory shuffling the Trump Administration – or any future presidential administration – engages in, the country will need some permanent solution to a problem that will exist for thousands of years to come.”

8 January 2019                                  Oshawa Express (Canada)

CNSC releases details on Pickering renewal

With the decision by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to extend the operating licence and life of the Pickering nuclear power plant, the local council has been putting pressure on for compensation for the storage of nuclear waste at both the Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Generating Stations “until such time as nuclear waste is stored in a permanent nuclear waste site.”  With high-level radioactive waste to remain now at Pickering until 2060, more than 30 years after the planned decommissioning of the plant, there are concerns the community will be a ‘host site’ for nuclear waste for almost 100 years.  A former councillor said:  “We’ve been a host here for many, many years but we’ve received no compensation.  We need it to be recognised, I think 100 years is pretty permanent.”

8 January 2019                                  Tri-City Herald (USA)

Feds are downplaying the dangers of Hanford radioactive waste, says Gov. Inslee

While the Governor continies to express his concerns about reclassification of radioactive waste, Hanford Communities (a coalition of Hanford-area city and other governments) and the Tri-City Development Council say that it is correct to reclassify waste based on its contents rather than its origin.

8 January 2019                                  ABC News (USA)

State of Washington opposes federal nuke waste proposal

The state of Washington has said it opposes a federal proposal to reclassify as less dangerous some radioactive waste on a site in the state that contains the nation’s largest supply because it fears much of the waste will be left in the ground.  Story also covered by Tri-City Herald, Access Washington, KATU News2, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Daily Herald

7 January 2019                                  Tri-City Herald (USA)

Feds say some Hanford radioactive waste is not so dangerous. Oregon disagrees

The US Energy Department is currently consulting on reinterpreting the definition of radioactive waste, that follows what other countries do by assessing the waste’s characteristics and risks, rather than on its origin.  Oregon first proposed this nearly 30 years ago, but is now worried that current proposals would reduce safety.

7 January 2019                                  Law360 (USA)

DOE Can’t Nix Duke Energy’s 4th Nuclear Fuel Removal Suit

A US Federal Judge has ruled that Duke Energy’s suit against the government over its alleged failure to remove nuclear fuel waste from Duke’s now-shuttered nuclear power plant in Crystal River, Florida, can proceed.  The case is one of many filed by energy companies because they have incurred additional costs to store waste which was designated for disposal by the Energy Department at Yucca Mountain.

7 January 2019                                  Greenfield Recorder (USA)

Local nuke group going to regulatory meeting

The New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution will participate in this week’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) enforcement conference assessing alleged unauthorised design changes by Holtec International of radioactive waste storage containers.  Further coverage of NRC hearing in CourtHouse News

7 January 2019                                  Nevada Appeal (USA)

Congress may again consider Nevada nuke waste site

Review of local perceptions of Yucca Mountain project, contrasting the views of the Las Vegas “elite” living a 100 miles away and opposed to the project with the views and concerns of those living locally to Yucca Mountain, who support it.

6 January 2019                                  Flanders Today (Belgium)

Mol nuclear research centre to recover uranium from waste

The amount of radioactive waste from medical sources being stored is to be reduced under an agreement reached in Belgium.  Waste will be recylced to produce new isotopes for medical purposes, thus reducing the residual radioactive waste than needs to be stored and disposed of.

6 January 2019                                  Albuquerque Journal (USA)

New LANL director: Community relations is a priority

The new director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) says that community relations will be a key piece of LANL’s agenda under the new operator Triad National Security.  Thomas Mason said: “… if you lose the trust and confidence of the communities in which you’re located, you’ll find pretty quickly that you can’t get anything done, because you lose the support that you need.”

5 January 2019                                  The Times (UK)

Radioactive waste could be buried under Lake District

Article on UK Government’s policy announcement, focusing on a cumbrian perspective.  Re-carried by the Cumbria Trust

4 January 2019                                  Exchange Monitor (USA)

As Next Budget Looms, Court Won’t Kick NRC Commissioner off Yucca Mountain Licensing

A federal appeals court has dismissed the state of Nevada’s petition seeking to force a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to recuse himself from any decision-making on licensing the planned nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

4 January 2019                                  KNPR (USA)

Despite Efforts To Revive Yucca Mtn., UNLV Scholar Says Nevadans Should’t Worry

An academic argies that because Nevada is a key battleground for the 2020 US Presidential and Congressional elections, Nancy Pelosi will block efforts to secure funding for Yucca Mountain because she will not want to risk the Democrat vote in the state.  Comments made in a 12 minute interview on National Public Radio.

3 January 2019                                  Washington Post (USA)

Trump finds yet another way to insult federal workers

Opinion article critical of President Trump’s attitude towards those working directly or as sub-contractors doing work that is vital to nation’s health and well-being, eg those managing radioactive waste.

3 January 2019                                  The Transcontinental (Australia)

Woomera not in contention for nuclear storage facility

Australian federal government rules out Woomera site proposed by a local Senator.  Also reported by AntiNuclearNet

3 January 2019                                  Daily Hampshire Gazette (USA)

Editorial: Nuclear regulatory diligence is appreciated

Local newspaper welcomes continued regulatory oversight and control of decommissioning and radioactive waste management at the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

3 January 2019                                  The Age (Australia)

Crackdown coming for toxic-waste polluters

Article highlighting the dangers of non-nuclear toxic wastes following the discovery of a massive illicit chemical waste dumping operation linked to one of the state’s worst industrial fires.

3 January 2019                                  Resource Magazine (Nigeria)


Concern about the potentially toxic materials not being properly disposed of in Africa, which has become the dumping ground (despite international treaties) for the the world’s discarded electronic equipment.

2 January 2019                                  New Straits Times (Malaysia)

Answer to treatment of waste is in technology

Opinion piece arguing that Malaysia should develop its own technologies and generate its own income for the treatment of radioactive waste.

2 January 2019                                  KPBS (USA)

Safety Concerns Mount As Edison Awaits NRC’s OK To Bury Radioactive Waste

A former head of the Navy in San Diego, retired-Admiral Len Hering, has joined the voices of concern about the way spent nuclear fuel is being stored at the San Onofre nuclear plant.  Hering said: “I’m an advocate for nuclear energy … but … the decommissioning of the SONGS plant involves the handling and the storage of nuclear waste in a fashion that, for all practical purposes, is not being done safely for us.”  His comments come as some local academics are querying whether existing packages are safe enough.  Further coverage also in the OC Register

2 January 2019                                  Seattle Times (USA)

Don’t let feds change the rules for cleaning up Hanford nuclear waste

Editorial in local newspaper concerned that proposed reclassification of nuclear waste will mean more waste is stored permanently at the Hanford nuclear site.

1 January 2019                                   Taiwan News

Waste from 3rd nuclear plant poses no risk to public: Taiwan Power Corp.

Waste from the third nuclear plant in Pingtung County erroneously dumped at a landfill poses no risk to the public, according to the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) and the Taiwan Power Corporation.  It was reported that the material’s radioactivity was extremely low, while the landfill was situated within the grounds of the nuclear plant, so the public would not be exposed.

1 January 2019                                   Power Magazine

How Air Bearings Moved Tons of Nuclear Waste

Article on the research and application of new methods to enhance the safety of radioactive waste transportation.

1 January 2019                                   Daily Mail (UK)

Towns and villages are offered up to £2.5million to become Britain’s ‘nuclear dustbin’ and bury masses of radioactive waste near their homes

Coverage of Government’s pre-Christmas announcement gets coverage in UK national media, with traditional ‘nuclear dump’ narrative.  Story also covered in Daily Express

31 December 2018                             KUSI News (USA)

Attorney Mike Aguirre accuses SoCal Edison of improper nuclear waste management

The San Diego Office of the FBI says it is reviewing local lawyer Mike Aguirre’s request to investigate potential criminal acts by the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant over poor handling of radioactive waste.  Story also covered by KPBS

29 December 2018                            Albuquerque Journal (USA)

State OKs controversial WIPP volume changes

New Mexico’s Environment Department have approved a proposed change to the way in which waste volumes are calculated.  This will allow the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to house more radioactive waste.  Also covered by Miami Herald, KUNM, Exchange Monitor, Carlsbad Current Argus

29 December 2018                            Greenfield Recorder (USA)

NRC raps maker of Vt. Yankee waste casks

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has filed a complaint against Holtec International, after the company adopted a new design for its steel and concrete radioactive waste containers without federal approval.

28 December 2018                            The Eagle (Uganda)

Big business events that made headlines in the year 2018

Included in this review is a conference hosted by Uganda at which African nuclear experts and the IAEA met to review the status of radioactive waste management, update national inventories and develop the work plans and implementation strategies for strengthening radioactive waste management.

28 December 2018                            Houston Chronicle (USA)

Nuclear cleanup tests Rick Perry, as administration presses for budget cuts

Continued analysis of the US Energy Department’s proposed reclassification of nuclear waste.  Focus in this article on concerns at Hanford that more radioactive waste will be left on site rather than temoved for disposal.

28 December 2018                            Philippine News Agency

Nuclear Regulation Act to boost tech, industrial growth: Salceda

Before Christmas, the Philippines’ House of Representatives approved second reading of a “Comprehensive Nuclear Regulation Act,” which establishes a nuclear regulatory framework and creates the Philippine Nuclear Regulatory Commission (PNRC).  The Bill’s principal author, Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda speaks about the potential benefits of nuclear power to his country’s development and welfare.  Also reported by Manila Standard

28 December 2018                           The Moorlander (UK)


In a review of the year in Dartmoor, mention of Government plans that could possibly permit burial of radioactive waste in national parks.  Quotes Dr Kevin Bishop, the CEO of Dartmoor National Park Authority, saying he would be powerless if the government wanted to store nuclear waste on Dartmoor although he thought it unlikely.

27 December 2018                            Patriot Ledger (USA)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission to take questions on Pilgrim

Federal regulators to host an online presentation and to take public questions next month about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s planned shut down.  The plant’s operators say they will move stored nuclear waste at the site to higher ground, a decision made with an eye toward rising sea levels from climate change.

27 December 2018                            Forbes Magazine

This New Year, Can’t We Do The Right Thing With Our Nuclear Waste?

Explains the need to treat different radioactive wastes differently, to deliver better environmental and financial outcomes.

27 December 2018                            Japan Today

Costs for scrapping 79 nuclear facilities estimated at ¥1.9 tril

in its first such estimate, Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency (AEA) says taxpayers will need to spend about 1.9 trillion yen (US$18bn) to close 79 facilities over 70 years.  Total costs may increase further, as the agency said the estimated figure excludes expenses for maintenance and replacing ageing equipment.  The AEA said no decisions have been taken yet about disposal locations for about 100 kilolitres of higher-activity radioactive waste nor the 114,000 kl of low-level radioactive waste.  Also reported in The Mainichi, Asahi Shimbun, Kallanish Energy

27 December 2018                           The Australian

Defence under attack on nuclear waste dump

Western Australian politician keeps up his campaign for Woomera to be considered as a site for the Australia’s proposed low-level radioactive waste facility.  The current proposals for a South Australia site are suspended pending a Court Hearing of a grievance from an indigenous peoples’ group.

26 December 2018                           Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP: Shipments resume from Chicago-based lab

Shipments of transuranic (TRU) radioactive waste from a Chicago-area facility to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were resumed last week, according to the US Department of Energy.  The 1,700 mile-trip took about 38 hours, including time for the WIPP driver to stop and inspect the truck every 150 miles or three hours.  Also reported in Albuquerque Journal

26 December 2018                           Las Vegas Sun (USA)

Midterms may have spelled the end of Yucca Mountain

Local academic thinks Nancy Pelosi’s long-standing opposition to Yucca, and her expected rise to House Speaker in January, means she will block any legislative proposals.

23 December 2018                           The Guardian (UK)

British nuclear archive files withdrawn without explanation

Thousands of archive files relating to Britain’s nuclear weapons and atomic energy programmes have been withdrawn without warning from public view, causing concern amongst academics.  The UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) cannot provide an explanation, while claiming it remains committed to “openness and transparency”.  Story also covered by RT (Russia Today), and later followed up by Daily Mail, Action News Now

23 December 2018                           MenaFN (Australia)

Curious Kids: why does the world store nuclear waste and not just shoot it into the Sun or deep space?

Kids science programme answers why nuclear waste is not rocketed to outer space.  Based on an original article by The Conversation

20 December 2018                           Swiss Info

Geneva lodges fresh complaint against French nuclear plant

Concerned about safety at the plant, and opposed to the storage of radioactive waste at the site, the canton of Geneva takes legal action against the French authorities.

20 December 2018                           France Info

Nuclear waste: the millions of euros that radiate the cities near Bure

Article and french-language video looking at the financial investments in the communities closest to the Bure site of the French repository.  One mayor thinks the money is needed to ensure standards of public services provision are planned in advance of the expected influx of workers at the site.  Another mayor declines to accept such funding because he sees it as “conscience money”.

20 December 2018                           Las Vegas Review Journal (USA)

Nevada lawmakers appear to block funding for Yucca Mountain

Report saying that in the end the compromise federal budget does not include funding for Yucca Mountain.  A report in Politico appears to back this report up, saying Senator Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the panel on energy and water appropriations, doubted that funding talks would include new funds for the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste project.  Story also covered by NuclearActive, Energy News, YourNews, Exchange Monitor

20 December 2018                           Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Mayor confirms ‘loans,’ denies ties to nuclear waste site

Local political storm as mayor confirms “unreported” loans received during his recent election campaign.  Those making the loans claim they did so because they wanted a radioactive waste facility.  The local council had rejected the idea, but the mayor allegedly told the backers he would proceed with a facility.  The Mayor denies any links between the loans and his election, saying loans were for his businesses and unrelated to the election.

19 December 2018                            KPBS (USA)

Edison’s Plans To Resume Nuclear Waste Transfer May Face Legal Challenge

California’s Attorney General considering whether the company have breached an agreement on how to transfer and dispose of radioactive waste from the San Onofre site.

19 December 2018                            In-Cumbria (UK)

Government kicks off new search for community to host a geological disposal facility for the UK’s most hazardous nuclear waste

Report on Government announcement, with supporting comment from chair of the Local Government Association’s special nuclear interest group, Brendan Sweeney, saying:

“We welcome the launch of the GDF siting process as we need a long-term solution to the management of our legacy radioactive wastes.  As the previous siting process showed, finding a suitable and willing host for a GDF will not be easy. It will require close and effective engagement with councils and communities, underpinned by a joined-up package of jobs, investment and funding for the community and local authority.  [We] will continue to support and advise any local authority that wishes to enter the process and to work with RWM and Government to maximise the chances of success.”

Story also covered by World Nuclear News, New Civil Engineer, Exchange Monitor, NucNet.  Reactive comments from the Science Media Centre

19 December 2018                            Exchange Monitor (USA)

Optimism Fades Again on Yucca Funding

Does not appear that funding for Yucca Mountain is being considered by anyone during budget discussions in Congress to keep US government open into the new year.

19 December 2018                            Reuters

U.S. to offer ‘black box’ nuclear waste tech to other nations

In an attempt to remain competitive in the global decommissioning and waste management market, reports that US is assessing options to help other countries manage their radioactive waste.  Security is an issue, with a preference for developing a ‘packaged’ solution that does not require handing over the technology involved.  Story also covered across the world by OilPrice (N America), Channel NewsAsia, Asian AgeEuroNews, Business Day (S Africa), US News & World Report

19 December 2018                            SBS News (Australia)

Radioactive waste contractors ‘damaged’ cultural sites, allege traditional owners

In their new lawsuit against the proposed radioactive waste facility, the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association claim contractors damaged sites while doing preliminary work on the facility.  Australian Government strongly denies any such damage occurs, and says that the tribes have been engaged in the consultation process since the start.

19 December 2018                            Whitehaven News (UK)

Search to find community host for nuclear dump expected to kick off today

Council chiefs in Copeland are currently expressing “no preference” for the whereabouts of a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste. But speaking at a meeting yesterday of the authority’s Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board, the council’s chief executive Pat Graham warned that the borough will be affected whatever the outcome because the waste is “already here” [at Sellafield].  The council is expected to roll out a programme of member workshops to thrash out a formal position.

18 December 2018                            Politico (USA)


Reports that the US Energy Department, rather than seeking an additional budget approval for Yucca Mountain, have suggested that Congress give the Energy Secretary broad authority to collect up to $120 million in existing unassigned agency funds to restart work on the Yucca Mountain project,

18 December 2018                            World Nuclear News

Russia and Korea to cooperate in radwaste management

Russia’s National Operator for Radioactive Waste Management (NO RWM), Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, and the Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) today signed an agreement to cooperate in radioactive waste management.

18 December 2018                            Sheffield BigStamp (UK)

Hallam PhD students driving improvements in nuclear waste disposal

Sheffield students supporting multinational research to help US clean up the Hanford nuclear site.

18 December 2018                            Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Thanks for participation

Australian Government Minister Matt Canavan reaffirms public consultations will continue pending, and without prejudice to, the 30 January Court Hearing about the proposed radioactive waste facility.

18 December 2018                            9News (Australia)

Another bid to stop SA nuclear dump

The Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association are planning to lodge a second complaint against the proposed low-level radioactive waste facility in South Australia.  The first complaint is due to be heard in Court on 30 January.  The new filing to the Australian Human Rights Commission will allege that the selection process is fundamentally flawed and has shown a complete lack of regard for indigenous peoples, and as such constitutes unlawful discrimination.  Also covered by SBS News

18 December 2018                            Centellect (USA)


Further media/editorial support for Yucca Mountain project.

17 December 2018                            Los Angeles Times

Don’t let the window close on a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage deal

LA Times editorial in support of Yucca Mountain project.

16 December 2018                            The Guardian (UK)

Sellafield boss warns on nuclear clean-up

Loss of income from reprocessing spent fuel means that taxpayer will need to pay more, or decommissioning will not be completed to same standard, warns David Peattie, CEO of the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

15 December 2018                            Nevada Independent (USA)

Indy DC Download: Congress passed the farm bill, Senate approved withdrawal of support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Update on congressional discussions over possible funding for Yucca Mountain — Nevada congressional caucus doubt funding will be included, as horse-trading continues to avert a US government shutdown.  Original 14 December story can be read here.

15 December 2018                            Korea JoongAng Daily

Nuclear phase-out sends towns into a tailspin

Lengthy article on the impacts on the local community and economy of Korea’s nuclear decommissioning plan.  Workers leaving impacting on local housing prices and local businesses.  Community leaders blame central government for not stepping in to help phase the process.

15 December 2018                            Las Vegas Sun (USA)

Western states urge Congress to address nuclear waste transportation issues

Nevada and other neighbouring states have suggested that if Congress does pass funding for Yucca before the end of the year, it should also insist on improved saftety for transportation of radioactive waste.

15 December 2018                            Deccan Herald (India)

Karwar says no to expansion of Kaiga atomic power plant

Local public protests against planned expansion primarily based on concerns about storage of radioactive waste.  Local environmentalist claims that “there are as many as 138 defunct atomic reactors in the world. There is no proper know-how on the safe disposal of reactors.”

14 December 2018                              Deutsche Welle (Germany/South Africa)

‘There should be no nuclear in climate financing’

Article on internationally-acclaimed South African environmentalist Makoma Lekalakala.  She remains opposed to nuclear on safety, cost and the long-term management of radioactive waste.

14 December 2018                              Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

Torres Small tours WIPP

Newly-elected congresswoman for New Mexico, Xochitl Torres Small, has a fact-finding tour of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

14 December 2018                              New Jersey Insider (USA)

Public Has More Time to Comment on Oyster Creek Sale and Transfer of $980 Decommissioning Fund to Camden-Based Company

Reminder that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has extended the public comment period of the sale of the Oyster Creek Generating Station from Exelon to Holtec International until January 9.

14 December 2018                              The Journal (USA)

White Mesa Mill accepts Cherokee Nation radioactive waste

Example of how one community’s delight at removal of radioactive waste which has been stored in interim facilities for 50 years, and now sent for reprocessing and disposal, is another community’s concern that the facility in Utah is not designed to reprocess radiaoctive waste safely.

14 December 2018                            Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (USA)

What to do with used nuclear fuel, from Illinois to California

Article exploring the issues of how land currently used to store radioactive waste which should have already been sent for final disposal can be returned to productive use for local communities.  The temporary solutions are all likely to be met with litigation, as communities en route between where the waste is currently held and where it needs to be taken for temporary storage pending disposal.

14 December 2018                            WRAL News5 (USA)

US nuclear repository turns focus to maintenance projects

WIPP will be closed to normal operations for most of January as planned maintenance work takes place.  Also covered by Los Alamos Monitor, Carlsbad Current-Argus, WRAL, Albuquerque Journal, San Francisco Chronicle

14 December 2018                            Austin Chronicle (USA)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Upcoming Legislative Session

Radioactive waste transportation and proposed new storage facilities are key environmental issues to be considered by the newly-elected Texas’ state legislature.

12 December 2018                            Exchange Monitor (USA)

NRC Staff Backs Sierra Club Intervention in Texas Spent Fuel Storage Licensing

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff are reported to have recommended to a special panel that the environmental group, Sierra Club, should be approved for inclusion in the licensing process for the proposed temporary radioactive waste facility in West Texas.  However, applications from a number of other environmental groups are likely to be rejected because they have ‘insufficient standing’ or are unlikely to be affected by the proposed site.

12 December 2018                            Politico (USA)


Republican chairman of a key House committee not optimistic that funding will be found in the final budget required before the end of the ‘lame duck’ session in order to keep US public services operating.  Nevertheless, Nevada officials still concerned, and have held back submitting an end-of-year report until there is more clarity on Yucca funding and the Energy Department’s plan to store weapons-grade plutonium in Northern Nevada — as reported by The State, WBCD News2, KOLO News8, Las Vegas Sun

11 December 2018                            BBC (UK)

Sellafield in court over plutonium exposure charge

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has launched its first criminal prosecution since the organisation was established in 2014.  Trial set for Spring 2019.

11 December 2018                            NewsWeek


President Donald Trump’s administration reportedly plans to reclassify high-level radioactive waste scattered around the US in order to make it easier and cheaper to dispose of — allegedly saving up to US$40bn.

11 December 2018                            Yahoo! News (UK)

A thriving ecosytem beneath the earth’s surface

International research project has found microbial ecosystems in rocks descending kilometeres under the earth’s surface.  Scientists claim such research may assist in disposal of radioactive waste.  Story also covered by BBC.

10 December 2018                           Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP Worldwide: Italian researcher studies plant growth in the underground

Story about an Italian scientist who’s been conducting experiments to study the effects of low-background radiation on a variety of organisms.  WIPP was an ideal ‘laboratory’ because of the salt mines’ low levels of background radiation.  Also covered by San Francisco ChronicleWSLS News10, KRQE News13, Wichita Eagle, San Francisco Gate

10 December 2018                           Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Sandoval urges lawmakers not to allocate funds for Yucca Mountain

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has urged congressional leaders not to include funding in a year-end spending bill that could revive the license application process for the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste repository.  He is the latest Nevada official to warn against “11th-hour” efforts to secure some funding for the Yucca Mountain project.

10 December 2018                           Associated Press (USA)

Trump plan to reclassify nuclear waste alarms environmentalists

The proposed reclassification of radioactive wastes worries environmentalists at the Hanford nuclear facility that too much waste will be buried on site rather than taken away for disposal.  Also covered by NewsweekNBC NewsBusiness Insider, US News & World ReportMinneapolis Star TribuneWCJB, WJAC, Continental Telegraph, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.  Opinion pieces in Oregon Live, The Columbian, Care2, Metro USA

10 December 2018                           Stanford News (USA)

U.S. must start from scratch with a new nuclear waste strategy, a Stanford-led panel says

Stanford University leads a 3-year programme which proposes that the United States moves responsibility for commercially generated, used nuclear fuel away from the federal government and into the hands of an independent, nonprofit, utility-owned and -funded nuclear waste management organisation — a model used in Europe (Finland, Sweden, Switzerland) and Canada, and where there has been greater progress and community acceptance in finding a site for their respective repositories.  Story covered by Yubanet, Exchange Monitor

10 December 2018                           Aju Business Daily (Korea)

S. Korea earmarks $596 mln for safety of nuclear energy and waste

South Korea announces it is setting aside almost £1/2 billion to cover research costs to upgrade the country’s ability to safely transport, store and dispose of radioactive waste.   The government believes that South Korea’s nuclear safety technology lags behind that of advanced countries.

7 December 2018                             Ring of Fire (USA)

California Fires May Have Unleashed Toxic Nuclear Waste

Despite any evidence, continued concern about the recent Californian wildfires.

7 December 2018                             Canada Free Press

Solar Panel Waste: A Disposal Problem

Article suggesting that a more significant environmental problem awaits us in 20-30 years time as solar panels come to the end of their operational life and need to be disposed of.  Solar panel waste does not decay as radioactivity does, and there are no plans for its safe storage and disposal — despite, apparently, solar panels creating 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than nuclear power plants; and if solar and nuclear produce the same amount of electricity over the next 25 years the nuclear waste would reach the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (53 meters), while the solar waste would reach the height of two Mt. Everests (16 km).

7 December 2018                             Asia Sentinel

Taiwan’s Voters Pull Plug on Energy Sources

Further analysis of the political and energy policy fall-out from the Taiwanese referendum.

7 December 2018                             Politico (USA)


More than 60 environmental groups have sent a letter to congressional leaders arguing against the inclusion of funding to restart the licensing process for Yucca Mountain in any year-end legislation. They ask that decisions be deferred to the new Congress, and that the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on ‘host state consent’ be taken into account.

7 December 2018                             The Mandarin (Australia)

Raising the Citizens’ Voice

New training programme to support government in developing and communicating new policy directions or programs in an environment where the community is increasingly polarised and distrusting.

6 December 2018                             San Clemente Times (USA)

CEP Meeting Lays Out Enforcement Schedule, Resumption of Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel

Report from San Onofre’s Community Engagement Panel (CEP) public meeting to discuss the initially unreported incident involving a radioactive waste package.

6 December 2018                             Business Day (South Africa)

Former CEO Rob Adam new Necsa chair as cabinet replaces board

South African government replaces the entire Board of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), which manages the the Vaalputs National Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility.  The radical move follows concerns about the governance of Necsa, and alleged inappropriate engagements with Russian nuclear interests (including possible unauthorised research reactor deals with Russia’s Rosatom), overseas trips by the Necsa chair, unauthorised media releases, articles and/or communications, and other apparent conflicts of interest.  Also covered by Reuters, World Nuclear News

6 December 2018                             Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

Veteran of DOE, navy hired as WIPP COO

Nuclear Waste Partnership, the contractor that oversees daily WIPP operations, has appointed Gene Balsmeier as WIPP’s new Chief Operating Officer.  He replaces Tammy Reynolds.

6 December 2018                             NewsLens International (Taiwan)

Cabinet Says It Will Cancel Plan to Abolish Nuclear Energy by 2025

A new public opinion poll underlines consumers’ lack of awareness of where their energy comes from, while one of the advocates for the recent referendum on nuclear energy has suggested Taiwan could solve its radioactive waste problem if each family took home a small canister containing the proportionate waste they’ve helped create.

6 December 2018                             Focus Taiwan

New Taipei mayor calls for nuclear waste final site solution

Mayor Eric Chu stepped up his calls for action on the decommissioning of the Jinshan nuclear plant, by saying a coordinated effort was required to locate a final site for the disposal of radioactive waste.

6 December 2018                             Taipei Times (Taiwan)

Environmentalists worried over spent fuel rod storage

Concern about how radioactive waste is stored on-site on an interim basis until a permanent disposal facility is available.

6 December 2018                             Power Magazine (USA)

Industry Groups to Congress: Inaction on Nuclear Waste Not an Option

A broad coalition of trades unions, state public service commissioners, clean energy organisations, and energy trade associations have written an open letter to US House and Senate leaders, urging them to act on the federal used nuclear fuel program, noting that failure to progress on the Yucca Mountain project is no longer “tenable.”  The letter also warns that “taxpayers have been saddled with the federal government’s inaction,” and that “billions [of dollars] more in liability [are] continuing to mount.”

6 December 2018                             Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Different ANSTO experience

Other local Kimba residents who visited ANSTO’s national facilities have very different recollection of their visit than one of their critic neighbours.

5 December 2018                             Focus Taiwan

Nuclear waste disposal an issue in New Taipei: Mayor Chu

Mayor of New Taipei concerned that the Taiwan Power Company have not got an approved plan for the interim storage of spent fuel, and have changed the plans that were previously approved.  He also calls for action on a geological repository for the permanent disposal of radioactive waste.

5 December 2018                             New Bloom (Taiwan)


Analysis of political fall-out following the referendum result over-turning the government’s proposed phase-out of nuclear power.  There is some confusion over the nature of any future referendum on radioactive waste disposal — the government claims its plan has always been for a local referendum in the affected communities, but others have assumed any vote would be national.  Article also carried in NewsLens International

5 December 2018                             The Sandpaper (USA)

Feds to Take Closer Look at Concerns Over NJ Company’s Plans for Spent Nuclear Fuel Repository

After receiving nearly a dozen filings for public hearings and petitions to intervene from 18 organisations in seven states, federal authorities have ordered a pre-hearing conference on Holtec International’s plans for a temporary radioactive waste repository in New Mexico — likely to be in late January 2019.

3 December 2018                             Open Space (UK)

Professor Andy Blowers OBE receives prestigious US award from the American Geographical Society

The American Geographical Society’s Alexander & Ilse Melamid Medal is designed to honour ‘those who examine the influence of humans on the natural world’.  Andy Blowers has been awarded the honour  in recognition of his ‘outstanding work on the dynamic relationship between human culture and natural resources’.  Also reported locally by Gazette News

3 December 2018                             Exchange Monitor (USA)

Nevada Lawmakers Keep Up The Pressure Against Yucca Mountain Funding

On the back of a letter to House of Representatives leaders from a Nevada Congresswoman, Nevada Senators also write to Senate leadership, opposed to provision of funding for Yucca Mountain in the anticipated omnibus finance bill required before the end of this congressional session.

3 December 2018                            Focus Taiwan

Decommissioning of 1st nuclear power plant facing major delay

The process for deciding how to manage the site’s radioactive waste is creating delays in the decommissioning process, and generating local opposition — the local mayor does not want his city to inadvertently become home for the the nation’s nuclear waste.

30 November 2018                         Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP: Not enough space for proposed plutonium disposal

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have concluded that WIPP does not have the physical capacity, and the facility’s  legal capacity would have to be increased, to accommodate the disposal of 34 metric tons of plutonium proposed by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).  NAS were commissioned by NNSA to independently review their plans, and have supported the proposal if the facility’s licence is modified and new works carried out at WIPP to handle the increased volumes.  NAS also specifically recommend that that there is significant public engagement to address public concerns and build public confidence in the programme.  Story also covered by Washington Times, Miami Herald, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 680News, KUNM, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and overseas by News.Com.Australia, Vancouver City News

29 November 2018                         Real Clear Politics (USA)

How Trump Can Cut Spending If Congress Doesn’t

In a wider article about how government agencies manage budget reduction requests, funding for Yucca Mountain is held up as a key example of how the federal budget can be reduced while achieving more.  The cost of not progressing Yucca is beginning to exceed the cost of actually doing something, as the federal government is being required to compensate States for the failure to remove radioactive waste for disposal.

29 November 2018                         iAfrica (South Africa)

Public Outcry At Disappointing Energy Planning Report On Nuclear, To Parliament

Amid public concerns that renewables do not feature enough in the country’s future energy plans, there are fears over how radioactive waste will be stored and disposed of.

29 November 2018                         Balkan Insight (Croatia/Slovenia)

Deadline Looms for Croatia Over Nuclear Waste Storage

Croatia faces a deadline to come up with a site to dispose of nuclear waste produced by the Krsko nuclear power plant, which is located in Slovenia and which it shares with that country.  Concern is growing over the lack of a long-term agreement between Slovenia and Croatia about where the nuclear waste will be stored in future, and that Croatia has few geological options that might command public support.

29 November 2018                         Bloomberg (USA)

Plan to leave buried nuclear bomb waste underground draws fire

The practical implications of reclassifying radioactive waste.  Concern that thousands of gallons of waste which could remain radioactive for many thousands of years may be stored in on-site in near-surface facilities at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation rather than being disposed of in a deep geological repository.  Also reported in Stars & Stripes magazine.

29 November 2018                         Focus Taiwan

Taiwan’s goal to become nuclear free remains unchanged: President Tsai

Despite referendum result, Taiwan’s President says phasing out nuclear remains her objective.  President Tsai said that if the country’s nuclear power plants are to remain in operation for the longer-term, Local governments will have to decide how to manage radioactive waste.

29 November 2018                         Taipei Times (Taiwan)

Revised energy plan due in two months: official

Following the referendum on nuclear energy, the Taiwanese government say they will produce a revised energy plan early in 2019, but note long-term management and disposal of radioactive waste remains a major issue.

28 November 2018                         Los Alamos Daily Post (USA)

New Report And Public Briefing On Disposal Of Surplus Plutonium At WIPP Nov. 30

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has developed conceptual plans for disposing of 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).  Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to evaluate NNSA’s plans.  A new interim report provides a preliminary assessment of the general viability of NNSA’s conceptual plans.

28 November 2018                         The Transcontinental (Australia)

Senator Rex Patrick wants nuclear waste facility in Woomera

Senator continues to campaign for the federal government to review its decision only to progress with South Australia as host for a low-level radioactive waste facility, saying the Woomera site in Western Australia already holds large quantities of radioactive waste.

28 November 2018                         Politico (USA)


Leading political media outlet reports on behind-doors Senate discussions about potentially providing funding for Yucca Mountain during the ‘lame duck’ session before the new Senate convenes in January.  However, it seems unlikely that the proposal will be acted upon in the dying days of this Congress.  The Las Vegas Review-JournalNevada Independent, East Las Vegas also report that a Nevada Congresswoman has written to the House of Representatives’ leadership asking that no funding be approved in this short ‘lame duck’ period.  Subsequent reporting also in E&E News, Las Vegas Review-Journal

28 November 2018                         Kabar (Kazakhstan/Belgium)

Belgium to allocate 2 mln euros to ensure safety of radioactive waste management in Central Asia

Report that Belgium will support environmental restoration projects in Central Asia managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

27 November 2018                         Albuquerque Journal (USA)

International Uranium Film Festival returns to Navajo Nation

Documentaries about radioactive waste and other aspects of nuclear energy and uranium mining will be shown at the International Uranium Film Festival this week in Window Rock, Arizona.  The film festival was founded in 2010 in Rio de Janeiro with the goal of providing education about the impact of uranium mining and nuclear activities on communities and the environment.

27 November 2018                         HBL (Finland)

Why doesn’t a final repository speak?

Finnish journalist wonders why Finns do not engage in the same debate as Swedes, and just seem to accept advice from scientists and the government in a way Swedes do not.

27 November 2018                         The Hill (USA)

Senate panel advances Trump’s energy nominee despite Dem objections

The US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved several nominations, including that of Rita Baranwal, who had been opposed by Nevada Senators because of her alleged support for Yucca Mountain.  Also reported by Politico

27 November 2018                         Nevada Independent (USA)

Congresswoman-elect Susie Lee to support Pelosi for speaker

Nancy Pelosi has pledged to oppose the Yucca Mountain repository project, according to newly-elected Congresswowan from Nevada, Susie Lee.  Ms Lee now plans to support Nancy Pelosi’s bid to be the new Speaker of the US House of Representatives

27 November 2018                         Science Magazine

Meet the engineering professor who got Taiwanese voters to support nuclear power

According to Prof Min Lee from National Tsing Hua University, the risks of managing radioactive waste are much smaller than risks associated with using fossil fuels, blackouts, or reliance upon imported price-unstable energy.  Further coverage in Taiwan News

27 November 2018                         Orange County Register (USA)

Edison pitch to restart nuclear waste transfer at San Onofre will be focus of advisory group meeting

The San Onofre Community Engagement Panel, a volunteer group advising Southern California Edison on the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear power plant will meet for the first time since federal regulators blamed the utility for an incident involving highly radioactive waste.  Some members of the local community want to keep pressure on Edison for its repeated safety failures, and for the removal of the radioactive nuclear from the beach. Edison, meanwhile, is expected to maintain the focus on the changes it has made to bolster safety at San Onofre.

26 November 2018                         Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Bond’s Happiness Project reveals Kimba as kindest town

Kimba has been named the kindest place in the country and the best remote area to live in, according to a study by a university in Queensland.  This despite much media coverage about “division” within the community over the proposed repository.

26 November 2018                         Korea Herald

Korea to continue to go nuclear-free despite Taiwan’s pro-nuclear move

Korea also remains committed to geological disposal of legacy radioactive waste.

26 November 2018                         IAEA

Mayors, Councillors and Operators Discuss Hosting Radioactive Waste Sites

Report on a week-long workshop at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at which 95 mayors, elected councillors and representatives from national organisations with responsibility for engaging local stakeholders from 25 countries, discussed the experience of hosting radioactive waste management sites.

26 November 2018                         The Australian

Muckaty Station action blocked on technicality

An aboriginal group have lost the right to sue a federal agency, after their application to host a low-level radioactive waste site on their own land was rejected in 2014 after a campaign by environmentalists.  At the time, the original court decision was seen as riding rough-shod over indigenous rights to determine the use of their own land.  The prospect of significant investment in the local economy was a key driver for the local Ngapa tribe, but environmentalists successfully challenged their right to make a decision about use of their own land.

26 November 2018                         Taipei Times (Taiwan)

2018 Referendums: Proposals against DPP’s energy plans sail through

Uncertainty over Taiwan’s new nuclear, decommissioning, radioactive waste management and geological disposal programmes after the public decisively voted in a referendum at the weekend to overturn the Government’s planned phase-out of nuclear energy.  Referendum outcome also covered by Focus Taiwan, Taiwan News and internationally by Forbes, World Nuclear News, Bangkok Post

25 November 2018                         Deseret News (USA)

Idaho National Laboratory and the issue of contamination

The stalled process for finding a permanent disposal repository for radioactive waste is causing a backlog of stored waste on the surface at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).  This article reports on the joint efforts by INL and local citizens to protect the region’s critical water aquifer.  The Snake River Plain Aquifer contains twice as much water as Lake Eerie and is the sole source of drinking water for 300,000 Idaho residents.

25 November 2018                         Indiana Daily Student (USA)

EDITORIAL: Nuclear waste: the problem that won’t go away

Local media outlet speaks out in favour of geological disposal, and urges immediate action to remove radioactive waste from surface interim storage facilities and place it in a repository.

24 November 2018                        The Independent (UK)

Third of Brexit voters believe Muslim immigration is part of a secret plot to Islamicise Britain, study suggests

A 6-year academic international study has found high levels of distrust of authorities in the UK, with 60% of Britons believing in at least one conspiracy theory.  This is the public/political environment into which RWM must enter to secure community consent for a geological repository.

24 November 2018                        Japan News

NUMO’s report a chance to deepen calm discussion on N-waste disposal site

Japan’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NUMO), which is responsible for developing a geological repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste, has published a “comprehensive technical report.”  The report provides the evidence-based explanations that are “essential for building confidence in the techniques that will be used.”  The article says construction of a radioactive waste disposal facility has started in Finland, and that Sweden and France also will build them, so NUMO’s technical report should help move the Japanese forward because Japan cannot afford to delay the selection of a site.

24 November 2018                        Northern Express (USA)


Thoughtful article exploring local activists’ concerns which can be boiled down to: don’t want to keep waste on site, object to transportation proposals, not sure about long-term repository.  Fundamentally the issue revolves around citizen trust in the nuclear sector: “the companies involved are too tempted to cut corners at the expense of safety and government regulators who oversee them don’t hold them accountable.”  Story also carried in The Ticker

23 November 2018                        Business Mirror (Philippines/South Korea)

DENR officials welcome Korea’s ‘good gesture’ to take back hazardous waste

South Korea has agreed to take back radioactive waste that had been illegally transported to the Philippines.  The Korean export company concerned is under investigation for falsifying records.

23 November 2018                        TASS (Russia)

Russia gives Arctic archipelago clean bill of health decades after Soviet-era nuke testing

Despite Western claims that the remote area of Novaya Zemlya is effectively an Arctic radioactive waste repository, Russian scientists and government claim there is no evidence of radiological contamination.

23 November 2018                        World Nuclear News

Swiss repository site search moves to final stage

The Swiss Government have approved stage three of the country’s search for a geological repository site.  Three areas have now been shortlisted for deep borehole investigation to determine whether the geology at depth is suitable for the required safety case needed for any repository that is constructed.  The borehole testing will start early in 2019.  It is planned that a licence for a repository will be submitted in 2024, with a final governmental decision by 2030 (subject to an optional national referendum).  The current assumption is that a low-level waste repository will be operational by 2050, and the high-level waste repository by 2060.

23 November 2018                        North West Evening Mail (UK)

Copeland’s deputy mayor addresses international nuclear conference

Local newspaper reports on their Deputy Mayor speaking at an International Atomic Energy Agency conference on Stakeholder Involvement in Radioactive Waste Management in Vienna.  Also reported in Cumbria Crack, News & Star

22 November 2018                        Mainichi (Japan)

Low-level radioactive waste stored at research facility may leak

Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency (AEA) has said that some of the low-level radioactive waste stored underground at a facility near Tokyo may leak from its containers due to inadequate disposal procedures.  The country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has called for urgency in checking the containers, saying the current plan effectively means “nearly no inspections”.  The containers were stored in the 1960s and 1970s, when current radioactive waste safety standards and procedures were not in force.  The leakage problem was identified in the 1980s, and the AEA decided to monitor over a 50-year period.  The NRA now says every container must be inspected within the next 5 years.

21 November 2018                        MKG (Sweden)

The National Debt Office criticizes the nuclear industry hard: SKB wants to limit the review of nuclear waste financing

On 1 September, the National Debt Office (NDO) in Sweden assumed responsibility from the nuclear regulators for assessing long-term financial liabilities of the nuclear industry.  It is understood that this administrative change was part of a wider rationalisation by the Swedish Government to better understand longer-term implications for public finances, rather than specifically about the nuclear industry.  SKB are concerned that the NDO will not have the competence to evaluate likely long-term costs, and will take a more risk-averse approach requiring a significant increase in the amount of money SKB will need to set aside to cover potential liabilities related to radioactive waste disposal.

21 November 2018                        Cape Cod News (USA)

State Sen. Cyr Participates in Nuclear Power Meetings

Report on local politician’s participation in the National Conference of State Legislators Nuclear Legislative Working Group — a representative grouping of local lawmakers from the 34 states that host nuclear power plants.  Meetings were held last week to discuss policy regarding the cleanup of nuclear facilities and the storage, disposal and transportation of nuclear waste.

21 November 2018                        Global Voices (Bulgaria)

Civil society organizations decry new legislation that reduces legal rights in Bulgaria

In 2014, Bulgaria’s civil society celebrated a major victory when the country’s Supreme Administrative Court rejected an environmental permit for a new nuclear-waste storage facility.  In September 2018 the Bulgarian Government passed legislation that allowed “national interests” to be taken into consideration, and which civil society activists claim would inhibit the public’s freedom to make appeals against governmental decisions, as they successfully did against the radioactive wast facility in 2014.

21 November 2018                        Khaleej Times (UAE)

Arab world’s first commercial N-reactor to be ready by 2020

Radioactive waste will be stored on-site for up to 80 years after site closure.  The UAE Government has not yet decided its longer term radioactive waste management policy.

20 November 2018                       Pahrump Valley Times (USA)

Nevada officials brace for new attempt to revive Yucca Mountain

Despite Donald Trump’s election-eve comments suggesting a change in his stance on nuclear waste storage in Nevada, the state and political opponents are preparing for another push to revive the Yucca Mountain licensing process.

20 November 2018                       News Tribune (USA)

Wyden: Public needs more time to study nuke waste proposal

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says the public needs more time to comment on a proposal to reclassify radioactive waste.  Supported by local government in the US, the Department of Energy is consulting on a change to how it interprets the legal definition of high level radioactive waste.  The proposed change would allow more flexibility in how radioactive waste is disposed of, leading to a speed up of the environmental cleanup programme that will still take decades to complete but could be done for billions of dollars less.  However, critics are concerned it could also mean more radioactive waste being allowed to remain at some existing sites.  Also reported in Tri-City Herald, KTVZ

20 November 2018                       Taipei Times (Taiwan)

ELECTIONS: Lawyers, students sign to support nuclear-free land

Ahead of this weekend’s election and referendum on whether to resume nuclear power generation, lead opponent to the nuclear referendum says people should ask themselves before voting “Where should nuclear waste — especially highly radioactive waste — be stored?”

20 November 2018                       News & Observer (USA)

Ventilation system contract for nuclear waste site awarded

A New Mexico company awarded a US$135 million contract to install a ventilation system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) radioactive waste repository in New Mexico.  US Department of Energy says the ventilation system is the largest construction project at WIPP in nearly 30 years, and key to restoring operations.  The project is expected to be completed in 2021.  Also reported by Carlsbad Current-Argus, US News & World Report, KOB

20 November 2018                       112 (Ukraine)

EU, Ukraine run project to boost safety of nuclear waste repositories

Launch of a €1.4m of EU-funded project to assess safety of obsolete radioactive waste repositories in Ukraine, and to help in the development of technical plans if any facility needs upgrading.  Also reported by EU Neighbours, 24-My Info, Ukrinform, Kyiv Post

20 November 2018                       Courier Post (USA)

Holtec seeks approval to buy, scrap nuclear power plant

Environmentalists and some local elected officials worried about impact of the company’s plans to decommission nuclear plants across the country and to store thousands of tons of radioactive waste at a proposed temporary facility in New Mexico.

20 November 2018                       Sveriges Natur (Sweden)

Research is reported for cheating 

Environmental researcher alleges that at best SKB have misused/misrepresented data, and at worst, have lied about data relating to copper corrosion. [will require google translation into english].  SKB have responded in other media that this is a just a variation of previous criticisms made by the article author, based on his misreading and misunderstanding of the data.  It is known that SKB are planning to submit their latest review of copper corrosion science to international peer review in the new year.

20 November 2018                       Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP: Collapsed room did contain nuclear waste

Following newspaper questioning, officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) have amended their initial statement that a rock fall last week was in an area of the repository that didn’t contain any waste.  They now admit that there was nuclear waste emplaced in Room 6 of Panel 7, where the ceiling collapsed.  However, they repeat there was no radiological leak, and that after a mine inspection operations have now resumed.  The hesitant and wrongly-informed initial statement about the incident picked-up by critics of the facility.

19 November 2018                        Daily Maverick (South Africa)

Nuclear energy is extraordinarily safe

Lengthy article explaining why nuclear is safe and affordable for South Africa, making points that nuclear industry is only industry to manage its waste, nuclear waste is not explosive, and that while radioactive waste decays, the toxins from the lead, chromium and cadmium found in solar panels and wind turbines lasts forever.  He alleges that solar panels produce 300 times more toxic waste for the same energy output than nuclear power stations.

17 November 2018                        Taipei Times (Taiwan)

ELECTIONS: Huang Kuo-chang, proponent debate nuclear plebiscite

Report in televised debate about referendum on whether to overturn Government decision on phasing out nuclear power.  Possible additional referendum to ask people should low-level radioactive waste stored on Orchid Island be moved back for interim storage at existing nuclear power plants.  Report on a similar forum debate in Focus Taiwan

17 November 2018                        Citizens for Legitimate Government (USA)

California wildfires: Fears radioactive waste could be caught in destructive blaze

An organisation called Physicians for Social Responsibility concerned that smoke and ash from California’s fires may spread radiological and chemical contamination that was in soil and vegetation near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.  The Daily Mail and Newsweek magazine says Californian regulatory authorities have investigated and found no cause for concern, but the Kardashians have joined public campaign concerned by the potential impact of the fires on radiation levels.  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists wary of such government assurances.  Story also reported in UK’s The Independent, India’s International Business Times, Vice News’ Motherboard, Quartz

17 November 2018                         The Exchange (Tanzania)

Africa must be guided by Chernobyl disaster

The cost of nuclear energy, and practical issues of safe long-term management of radioactive waste, are the key blocks to the growth of nuclear in Africa.  Many African leaders are keen to move forward, and Russia is on a charm offensive, but when the cost of one plant exceeds a country’s GDP, the options are limited.  Since being elected South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has put nuclear on a back burner saying the country cannot afford a second plant and there are other more pressing economic and social issues to address.

17 November 2018                         Ahval News (Turkey)

Anti-nuclear power plant activists turn to Turkey’s highest court

Storage of radioactive waste is the key concern for activists opposed to Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.

16 November 2018                        San Francisco Chronicle (USA)

Nuke dump managers: There was waste near ceiling collapse

Operations have restarted at WIPP following the rock fall.  Geologists say they have been monitoring that section of facility for a year and have been anticipating a rock fall.  Some critics note that there was waste stored nearby.  WIPP managers reaffirm no radiation leaks, injuries or risk to public health.  Same story covered by WLOXMy Twin Tiers, My San Antonio and overseas by Japan Times

16 November 2018                        EuroNews

What will a nuclear waste warning look like in 100,000 years’ time?

Article exploring the discussions and activities underway to find ways in which future generations can be alerted to radioactive waste disposed of deep underground.

16 November 2018                        Marfa Public Radio (USA)

Environmental Groups Express Concern As Proposal For West Texas Nuclear Waste Site Moves Forward

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received 23,000 comments as it decides whether to approve a temporary high-level nuclear waste storage site in West Texas.  Local authorities closest to the proposed facility support the plan but other Texas cities have passed resolutions opposing it.  The NRC said concerns submitted range from the possible danger of transporting nuclear waste by train to environmental concerns and the potential negative effects on local communities.

16 November 2018                        IAEA

IAEA Mission Says Australia Committed to Strengthening Nuclear and Radiation Safety, Sees Areas for Enhancement

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said Australia is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, but noted areas for further enhancements, including implementation of the framework in a more consistent manner across the country.  Also reported in more detail by World Nuclear News

16 November 2018                        Washington Post (USA)

Educating for an unknown future

Article on what issues to include in the school curriculum, as we prepare our children for an uncertain world which includes managing radioactive waste: “What lies ahead for students are major messes — global warming, nonstop wars, disposing of radioactive waste, reversing wealth concentration, and dozens of other problems they didn’t create but have to try to clean up or figure out how to live with.”

16 November 2018                        Independent Balkan News Agency

Protests without effect: Croatia to build nuclear waste landfill at the border with BiH

Croatia to press ahead with a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility close to border with Bosnia, despite opposition.

15 November 2018                        Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP workers evacuated after rock fall

There has been a rock fall at the New Mexico radioactive waste disposal repository, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP).  Managers say it occurred in an area of the underground facility that is off-limits to employees, and there were no injuries.  As a precautionary measure work has been suspended pending investigation.  Such rock falls are not uncommon, and this rock fall happened in a disposal room that does not contain any waste.  Further reports by WRAL, WLOX, KUNM, Los Alamos Daily Post, US News & World Report, Albuquerque Journal, Windsor Star

15 November 2018                       Russia Today

A Fukushima waiting to happen? Huge stockpile of nuclear waste on California fault line threatens US

Report on the debate over planned interim surface radioactive waste storage facilities at the San Onofre site in California.

15 November 2018                       Coast News (USA)

Vista forum discusses public health risks of San Onofre nuclear storage facility  

Report on a public meeting organised by local citizens groups concerned about safety and public health implications of interim surface storage facilities at San Onofre.

14 November 2018                       La Liberation (France)

Storing the most secure radioactive waste with a lifespan of up to 1 million years is the project in Bure. Necessary confinement or “nuclear trash”?

Article on the debate over France’s deep geological repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste.

14 November 2018                        Greenpeace (Belgium/Luxembourg)

Engie, this waste is yours, it’s up to you to pay

Protest against power company Engie, to ensure it takes full responsibility for the radioactive waste it produces.

14 November 2018                        Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP: Fans going in for new ventilation system

Report on the manufacture of the huge new ventilation fans required following the 2014 underground incident at WIPP.  Also covered by Sacramento Bee, KRQE, US News & World Report, KRWG

14 November 2018                        Oshawa Express (Canada)

Region wants role in nuclear shutdowns

Local governments want a role in managing nuclear decommissioning, particularly focused on assessing environmental impacts.

13 November 2018                        YLE News (Finland)

Radioactive gauge found in scrap metal bin near Olkiluoto

Finnish officials say that a radioactive device found at a recycling centre represents a case of careless disposal but poses no threat to the public.  They determined that the device was probably used to measure soil moisture and density.  Regulator STUK announced that the instrument was identified as one used by the Finnish Environment Institute in the 1970s, that the recycling firm acted properly in contacting STUK quickly after detecting the device radiation, and there was no danger to the public.

13 November 2018                        NewsWest9 (USA)

Midland City Council join stand against high-level nuclear waste

Midland City City Council in Texas held a special meeting and passed a resolution opposing proposals for two facilities to serve as interim storage for high-level nuclear waste in West Texas, and in New Mexico, because waste would be transported through the city’s area to both facilities.

13 November 2018                        Le Monde (France)

Opponent at Bure nuclear waste landfill condemned to three months in prison

Sentences for rioters convicted after protest at Bure site of France’s deep geological repository.  Leading French newspaper Liberation subsequently publishes a more detailed analysis of the police investigation.

13 November 2018                        Bellona (Norway)

Is Russia really offering Norway nuclear assistance, or is the joke on us?

After years of being reluctant partners in cleaning up Arctic radioactive waste left behind by the Soviet navy, uncertainty over motivation of Russia’s offer to help Norway better manage storage of its own radioactive waste.

12 November 2018                        de Volkskrant (Holland)

nuclear energy is a process that we do not overlook

Article exploring the issues of how we alert future generations about the site of buried radioactive waste.  Says geological disposal is best available option for disposing of radioactive waste, but remains opposed to nuclear energy because of the implications for future generations.

12 November 2018                        The Day (USA)

Nuclear waste dilemma

Editorial in Connecticut newspaper immediately after the US midterm elections, calling for the new Congress to approve funding for Yucca Mountain.

12 November 2018                        Blackburn News (Canada)

Five communities get cash from OPG for nuclear waste hosting agreement

Five local municipalities will get a financial boost again from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to acknowledge their role in the proposed nuclear waste repository at Bruce nuclear power plant.

9 November 2018                          Nature Magazine

Taiwan’s academics urge public to vote for nuclear power shut-down

Fifty academics write open letter, citing problems with long-term management and disposal of radioactive waste as reason not to support referendum on ending planned nuclear phase-out in Taiwan.

9 November 2018                          Portsmouth Daily Times (USA)

DOE provides responses to some criticism, attracts few visitors

Despite local criticism of how the community has been engaged, decommissioning at Piketon plant continues.  An open day organised by the Department of Energy (DOE) attracted just one member of the public, after the open day was deemed insufficient form of public dialogue by critics.

9 November 2018                          Watershed Sentinel (Canada)

Mini Nukes

Dealing with the waste is just one of the critiques in this article in response to Canadian Government paper on Small Modular Reactors (SMR).

9 November 2018                          Insider New Jersey (USA)

Clean Water Action Asks NJ Attorney General To Review Oyster Creek Deal

Local citizens group questions proposed sale of Oyster Creek plant to Holtec International, citing public and health and security concerns, amid worries that Holtec may have insufficient funds to cover the costs of decommissioning and managing the radioactive waste, leaving taxpayers with the burden of the bill.

9 November 2018                          World Nuclear News

Japan’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NUMO) has signed a cooperation agreement with Germany’s federal radioactive waste company BGE.  NUMO said cooperation on radioactive waste management under the agreement would be “beneficial to both sides”.

9 November 2018                          Science 2.0 (USA)

There Was No Blue Wave In The Mid-terms, Nor Was There A Green One, But There Was A Youth One

Scientists who believe politics does not matter are being naive, according to this article, which cites failure to find a geological repository as a key example of how politicians can ignore or distort scientific findings in pursuit of their own agendas.

9 November 2018                           Times of Central Asia             

Central Asia: EU announces additional €10 million to deal with radioactive waste

European Union (EU) to allocate €10m  to manage radioactive waste in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.  This comes on top of a previously-announced €16m in aid.  Story also covered by AKIPress

9 November 2018                          Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Nevada’s Jacky Rosen targets Yucca Mountain, health care

Newly-elected Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen commits to fighting the Yucca Mountain project.  Press conference also covered by Las Vegas Sun, NBC News3, Nevada Current

9 November 2018                           Votica

Map of sites in USA where spent fuel and radioactive waste is kept in interim surface stores pending geological disposal.

9 November 2018                           Barents Observer (Norway/Russia)

Norway keeps door open for Russian assistance to secure spent nuclear fuel from research reactors

Following Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs surprise offer to assist Norway in dealing with the inappropriate storage of radioactive waste, Norway’s nuclear and radiation watchdog, the NRPA, tells the Barents Observer that a cooperation with Russia is possible, but no formal offer has yet been received. However, NRPA said the help offer related to handling spent nuclear, not to the licensing issues at Norway’s radioactive waste repository.

9 November 2018                           Albuquerque Journal (USA)

Nuclear host communities weigh in on waste characterization

Media report the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) support for the proposed reclassification of radioactive waste, noting that local government across the country sees this as a way to more speedily and cost-effectively remove waste from current sites and dispose of safely through other existing options rather than await disposal in a geological repository.  Also carried by Carlsbad Current-Argus

8 November 2018                           Energy Communities Alliance (USA)

Local Governments Support DOE Clarifying the Definition of High-Level Waste

In the face of concern about the US Energy Department’s intentions by reclassifying wastes, the body that represent US local government reaffirms its support for the consultation, believing such reclassification could allow for speedier and less-expensive safe disposal of some radioactive wastes.

8 November 2018                           Barents Observer (Russia/Norway)

Russia offers to help safeguard Norwegian radioactive waste

Russia has offered to help Norway safeguard its radioactive waste, following reports that regulatory authorities in Norway had found serious breaches of the licence conditions at the site where waste is stored.  Also reported by Russian State news agency TASS

8 November 2018                           NHK World (Japan/France)

France eyes building nuclear waste disposal site

Japanese media report that French agency ANDRA will apply for a final licence for the planned geological repository at the end of 2019.

8 November 2018                           Axios (USA)

Environmental group: Keep open nuclear power plants

Axios reports that the Union of Concerned Scientists still has reservations about safety and radioactive waste management, but believes these are manageable risks when the environmental priority is to reduce carbon emissions.  Story also covered by World Nuclear News

8 November 2018                           World Nuclear News

Canada SMR Roadmap signals ‘call to action’

In launching a new report on the economic potential of Small Modular Reactors (SMR) to Canada, Government Minister says there needs to be good engagement with vendors and the National Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) to ensure any radioactive waste was factored into the design and planning stages of Canada’s geological repository.

7 November 2018                           Morning Consult (USA)

Retaking House, Democrats Cast Their Eyes on Environmental Oversight

Radioactive waste storage likely to be high on new Congress agenda, because there’s historic bipartisan support, and a Morning Consult/Politico opinion poll show that sorting radioactive waste is an energy priority for majority of voters.

7 November 2018                           Netherlands Times (Holland)


A majority in the lower house of the Dutch parliament supports a government proposal to build more nuclear power plants in the Netherlands, but managing the nuclear waste is the key objection by opponents.  Also reported by IamExpat

7 November 2018                           Aju Business Daily (S Korea)

S. Korea seeks Russian help to manage nuclear waste and dismantle reactors

Following stalled talks with the USA, S Korea has turned to Russia for support in dismantling decommissioned nuclear power plants and the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste.  Also reported in World Nuclear News

7 November 2018                           The Transcontinental (Australia)

Nuclear protesters converge at Parliament House

1500 protestors demand that the government withdraw plans for a proposed low-level radioactive waste facility in South Australia.

7 November 2018                           The Sandpaper (USA)

Failure to Fund National Spent Nuclear Fuel Repository Leaves Decommissioning Funds Partially Unsupervised

Article claiming that US consumers have placed US$40 billion into the nuclear waste fund, but none of that money can be spent because of the political impasse around the proposed Yucca Mountain site.  In fact, US$6 billion as been spent settling state lawsuits, and ongoing legal costs are estimated at US$800 million a year.  Article claims it will soon cost more to do nothing than just getting on with the job.

6 November 2018                           BBC (UK)

Nuclear archive wins Scotland’s best building award

Prestigious architecture award goes to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) new archive designed to house more than 70 years’ worth of civil nuclear sector information and up to 30 million digital records.  Also reported in Aberdeen Press & Journal, Dundee Courier, Architects Journal, Energy Voice, Project Scotland, Scottish Construction Now

6 November 2018                           i24News (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi crown prince launches project for first nuclear reactor in the Gulf state

Radioactive waste management is a key element of energy policy announced by Saudi government.

6 November 2018                           AntiNuclearNet (Australia)

Australian govt’s nuclear waste dump plan has put Flinders Ranges/Kimba residents through 3 years of hell

Blog complaining that Government needs to be held accountable for holding a public consultation process which leaves local people with the final decision on whether to proceed with a radioactive waste facility.  Consulting with and empowering the local community has, apparently, led to a lot of stress and suicidal thoughts in some people.

5 November 2018                           Taipei Times (Taiwan)

Initiator, official debate nuclear energy proposal

Report of a heated debate over the November 24 referendum on whether Taiwan should overturn the decision to phase out nuclear power.  The ‘pro’ nuclear debator said nuclear waste, including that from medical radiology, could be disposed of safely.  The ‘anti’ nuclear speaker [inaccurately] claimed that Finland was the only country that could build a repository because it had “special” geology.

5 November 2018                           KPBS (USA)

Public To Have Chance To Comment On San Onofre Storage Safety During Online Forum

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is holding an online virtual public meeting to discuss its special inspection at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which is being decommissioned.  The focus of the online public forum will be safety issues encountered during transfer and storage of high-level nuclear waste at the nuclear power plant.

5 November 2018                           Red Flag (Australia)

Hundreds rally in Adelaide against nuclear waste dump 

Campaigners’ own report on a demonstration against the planned low-level waste repository in South Australia.

5 November 2018                           The Australian

Nuclear waste site to remain a mystery at federal election

The location of Australia’s first radioactive waste repository will not be announced before the federal election, extending the uncertainty for those living near proposed sites, says a Labour Party senator.  He added that the current government’s site selection process had been shrouded in “Soviet-style” secrecy, and that his own Party must reveal how it will proceed with the project, given the “real possibility” the Labour Party would form the next government after the election.

5 November 2018                           Exchange Monitor (USA)

NRC Spends $11K From Nuclear Waste Fund on Legal Costs

There is less than US$1/2 million “unobligated” cash remaining in the federal fund intended to pay for licensing, development, and construction of the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste disposal facility in Nevada.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have said there is not much further they can now do without additional funding from Congress.

5 November 2018                           Inside Ottawa Valley (Canada)

Nuclear waste disposal plan can’t be good news

Continued concern about Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ plan for a near-surface disposal facility for lower-level radioactive waste at Chalk River.

5 November 2018                           NewsWest9 (USA)

Permian Basin coalition speaks out against bringing high-level nuclear waste to region

Local Texan landowners meet with the Midland Development Corporation to flag their concerns about the transport of radioactive waste through the area to a proposed new temporary storage facility for higher-activity radioactive waste.

4 November 2018                           AntiNuclearNet (Australia)

A warning about the privatisation of the Federal government’s planned nuclear waste dump for South Australia

Concern that the ‘small-print’ in Government documentation could allow a private company to build and operate the proposed low-level radioactive waste repository in South Australia.

4 November 2018                           Asbury Park Press (USA)

Oyster Creek will make Ocean County human laboratory

Local officials need to request a public hearing with federal regulators before any deal to transfer the Oyster Creek license and decommissioning fund to Holtec International, so that there can be proper community scrutiny to avoid the town becoming a “human laboratory” in the long-term surface storage of radioactive waste — according to a local campaigner.

2 November 2018                           Deutsche Welle (Germany/France)

Hackers obtain nuclear power plant plans in France

Confidential plans for the French radioactive waste facility at Bure are thought to be among thousands of documents seized by hackers into French public service computers.  Also reported in The Koz Post, OOdaLoop

2 November 2018                           BBC World Service

How Do We Deal with Nuclear Waste?

Excellent and easily understood overview of how the world disposes of its nuclear waste and why geological disposal is the best available option — a 30 minute podcast downloadable from the BBC’s CrowdScience webpage.

2 November 2018                           Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

DOE proposes reclassifying high-level nuclear waste, could send more to WIPP

Proposed reclassification, supported by America’s local government because it would allow more waste to be treated more quickly, creating concern that it may actually lead to more waste being sent to WIPP.

2 November 2018                           Urdu Point (Abu Dhabi/Pakistan)

International Nuclear Law Association Inter Jura Congress Starts In Abu Dhabi On November 4

Radioactive waste management one of the key discussion topics at international legal conference.

1 November 2018                            Ottawa River Keeper (Canada)

Update from our Riverkeeper: Nuclear Waste in the Ottawa River Watershed

Campaign group remain concerned about plans for a low-level repository proposed by the Canadian Nuclear Laboratory (CNL) close to the Ottawa River.  Interestingly, they say they want “a solution that will safeguard all species from the radioactive waste that is currently onsite at Chalk River and Rolphton. We would like to see Canada look to countries like Finland who have constructed siloed geological repositories to safeguard all levels of radioactive waste. We want a disposal facility where radioactive waste does not come into contact with water.”  Which is what we all want.

1 November 2018                           Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Kimba Health and Wellness Weekend

A well-attended public event funded by the National Radioactive Waste Facility Community Benefit Grant — the local fund to support the community considering hosting the planned low-level waste repository.

31 October 2018                              Nuclear Energy Insider (USA)

New decommissioning giant seeks further sites under ‘dominant’ transfer model

CEO of Comprehensive Decommissioning International (CDI) — the joint venture company set up by Holtec and SNC-Lavalin —  forecasts significant economies of scale in decommissioning following the purchase of three closing reactors in USA.

31 October 2018                              Republican Eagle (USA)

Refueling, upgrades complete at Prairie Island nuclear plant

Proposed temporary radioactive waste storage facilities in New Mexico and West Texas, pending a final repository being built, are mentioned as key to removing higher-level waste from the local nuclear plant.

31 October 2018                              Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Nuclear industry growing, but slower than government hoped

Radioactive waste management and safety standards are cited as the key factors in slower growth of Japan’s nuclear sector.  Also reported by OilPrice

30 October 2018                             The Transcontinental (Australia)

New skate park unveiled in Quorn

A youth facility 10-years in the planning has finally been realised after the community project received a a “significant contribution” from the proposed national radioactive waste management facility’s community benefit package.

30 October 2018                             Portsmouth Daily Times (USA)

Public workshops on demo plans for Piketon plant announced; critics not satisfied

Community concerns about the process for engaging them in decisions on how radioactive waste will be managed on site when the local Piketown nuclear facility is decommissioned.

30 October 2018                             Energy Transition (Germany)

Radioactive waste disposal in four words: “We do not know”

A well-intentioned but factually-flawed article, which may have lost something in translation to English, appears to suggest that successful anti-nuclear opposition to geological disposal shows that radioactive waste cannot be safely disposed therefore we should migrate to renewable energy.

30 October 2018                             World Nuclear News

International organisations bolster cooperation on waste

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Association for Environmentally Safe Disposal of Radioactive Materials (EDRAM) have pledged to strengthen cooperation and coordination on the development of “safe, effective and secure solutions” for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste and used nuclear fuel.  Also reported by Nuclear Street, Homeland Preparedness News

30 October 2018                              NewsWest9 (USA)

Protesters try to stop building of high-level radioactive waste facility in Andrews

Petition being set up to oppose proposed temporary storage facility for higher activity radioactive waste in West Texas.

30 October 2018                               Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Radioactive waste management ballot delayed again

Local residents disappointed that there is continued delay in having the referendum to decide whether they want to host a low-level radioactive waste facility.

29 October 2018                      (Ukraine)

UK will provide Ukraine with access to state-of-the-art radioactive waste management technologies

Report on visit and outcomes of Ukrainian delegation to Sellafield and to Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM).

29 October 2018                              Aftenposten (Norway)

The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority does not know if Norway’s national nuclear waste stock is safe enough

Having flagged breaches of permits and licensing conditions back in February, the NRPA has now revealed “more serious breaches” in the storage of Norway’s intermediate level radioactive waste.

29 October 2018                              Exchange Monitor (USA)

Nevada Says NRC Has No Immunity in Yucca Recusal Demand

Continued legal arguments over whether Nuclear Regulatory Commission commissioner needs to recuse himself from decisions on Yucca.

28 October 2018                              New Straits Times (Malaysia)

Nuclear waste misconceptions

Article explaining radioactive waste, and the political issues around the world that pits public versus professionals in deciding the best way to dispose of the waste.

27 October 2018                               Science Tips (France)

“Are you coming down?” Where we bury parcels far underground.

Simple but very effective summary for non-technical audiences about geological disposal.

26 October 2018                               Bloomberg

Perry Says White House Still Backs Nevada Nuclear Dump

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry was quick to respond, saying the the White House still supports the planned Yucca Mountain radioactive waste facility, despite President Donald Trump’s suggestion while on the Nevada election campaign trail that he was reconsidering.  Also reported in Financial Express, NorthWest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

26 October 2018                               IAEA (Spain)

IAEA Mission Says Spain Demonstrates Strong Commitment to Safety, Notes Challenges in Radioactive Waste Management

Although Spain shows a strong commitment to nuclear and radiation safety, an independent expert peer review by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also noted that the country could face challenges in the implementation of its radioactive waste management strategy, particularly for higher-level wastes.  Also reported by NucNet

26 October 2018                               Nevada Independent (USA)

Bloomberg PAC promotes Horsford’s anti-Yucca Mountain stance in new ad

Yucca mountain becomes focus of a local election TV advert.

25 October 2018                               ABC Channel8News (USA)

Report reveals cause of waste-drum incident

In April, while re-decanting radioactive waste from 40+ year old canisters into new packages, there was an incident at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).  The initial report says the cause was the rapid heating of metal in the waste as it come into contact with air for the first in almost half a century.  No radioactivity was released into the environment, but the incident underlined the potential risks of sustaining long-term surface stores requiring repackaging of waste over time, compared to geologically disposing of the waste.

25 October 2018                               OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency


Ministers from 10 Eastern European meet in Romania countries to discuss improved collaboration.  Countries represented included Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

25 October 2018                               Nikkei Asian Review

Chinese billionaire who plotted with North Korea pops up after 16 years

A long article examining the “murky” commercial and diplomatic ties between Taiwan and North Korea, North Korea and China, South Korea and Taiwan and China, centred around a Chinese-born Dutch billionaire.  Mentions that it is thought Taiwan had (and might still be) discussed disposing of its radioactive waste in North Korea.

25 October 2018                               WRAL (USA)

Massachusetts nuclear plant to move waste to higher ground

Owners of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant announce plans to move the site of the interim surface storage facilities higher and further away from the shoreline as a precaution against rising sea-levels.  The plan has been long-advocated by local residents and campaigners.  Story also covered in Boston Globe, WBSM, News & Observer

25 October 2018                               Nevada Independent (USA)

After Trump comments opposing Yucca, Cortez Masto asks administration to remove project from budget

Local politician asks White House to clarify President Trump’s comments on Yucca Mountain and to commit to a more consent-based approach.

24 October 2018                               Today (Singapore)

Singapore capable of dealing with public health threats, can improve response to nuclear emergencies

Radioactive waste management is an area requiring improvement.  This is one of the findings of a World Health Organisation (WHO) international peer review team invited by the Singapore government to review a wide range of public health and safety plans and incident preparedness.

24 October 2018                               Taipei Times (Taiwan)

CEC passes referendum on nuclear-free homeland

Taiwan will vote on whether to scrap the proposed phase-out of nuclear power in November, following a Central Election Commission ruling.  Concerns about meeting carbon emission targets, and lack of progress on radioactive waste disposal have driven public concern over the government’s plan to end the use of nuclear power.  Also reported in World Nuclear News, Forbes magazine, Focus Taiwan, NucNet

24 October 2018                               Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP: Calculation change will not impact facility’s capacity

At a public hearing whether to change the way in which radioactive waste volumes are measured, officials from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) said a proposed modification to the facility’s permit to dispose of nuclear waste will have little impact on WIPP operations or its maximum capacity for emplacement. They said the change would have no impact on safety, and such permit amendments were normal.  Also reported in Albuquerque Journal.

Further reportage from second day of hearing in both the Carlsbad Current-Argus and Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico Environment Department content with proposal in principle).  And final coverage of the third day of the hearing in the local Carlsbad Current-Argus

24 October 2018                               The Transcontinental (Australia)

More delays for national radioactive waste management facility

The selection of the national radioactive waste management facility has been delayed, with the Federal Court now set to hear the Barngarla Aboriginal case in January 2019.  The Federal Australian government had planned to make a decision on the future of the project by the end of the year, but will now have to wait until after the January 30 hearing.  The Government said in the meantime it would continue the community consultation process.  Also later reported on in Eyre Peninsula Tribune

23 October 2018                               Adelaide Advertiser (Australia)

Kimba and Hawker residents suffer social disruption over delay in choosing a site for a nuclear waste facility

Following news that the local referendum would be delayed until next year, as the Federal Courts hear a complaint from local indigenous people, concern about the impact on the affected communities.

23 October 2018                               Utah Public Radio (USA)

Utah Legislator Wants Colleagues’ Support Opposing Yucca Mountain Repository

A local politician, worried about potential risks of transporting radioactive waste across Utah towards the proposed Yucca Mountain disposal facility, seeks state laws to stop the process.

23 October 2018                               Reporterre (France)

Environmental magazine publishes map of sites where radioactive waste is currently stored in surface facilities across France.  The list of sites is in the recently published updated national radioactive waste inventory.  Concerns about health and environmental risks about maintaining surface facilities, and hopes that issues can be addressed in forthcoming public consultation on radioactive waste management and geological disposal.

22 October 2018                               Intellinews (Uzbekistan)

Putin, Mirziyoyev launch project for Uzbekistan’s first nuclear plant

Long-term solution for management and disposal of radioactive waste from the the proposed plant has not yet been considered, according to this article on Uzbekistan’s nuclear plans.

22 October 2018                               Daily Signal (USA)

What to Make of Trump’s Remarks on the Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear-Waste Repository

Op-ed article argues that applying ‘free market’ principles is best form of ‘consent’, and that resolving radioactive waste disposal issues may best be left to commercial nuclear sector rather than government.  Notes that Trump Administration’s approach has been minimalist — only seeking funding for the scientific analysis required before a decision can be taken on Yucca.  Final decision rests with Congress.  If Yucca not suitable, then new legislation required.

21 October 2018                                Washington Post (USA)

Trump signals opposition to nuclear waste site in Nevada despite his budget proposals to fund it

At a rally in Nevada President Trump signals his opposition to Yucca Mountain site, but says he will look carefully at issue.  This despite his own Administration’s budget requests, and bipartisan support in the House of Representatives.  Is this another pre-election Trump-line? Also reported in Energy News, Daily Republic, NBC News3 Las Vegas, Politico, Democratic Underground

20 October 2018                               Tri-City Herald (USA)

Classifications of nuclear waste need a shorter half-life

Scientific explanation of why reclassification of some wastes is needed, to reflect radioactive reality, allow some waste currently held in interim storage to be disposed of more quickly, potentially saving US$200bn, while posing no additional risk.

20 October 2018                               DC Report (USA)

Energy Department Ready To Approve Nuclear Waste Dumping

Concern by activist organisation that there are conflicts of interest within Energy Secretary’s team and a Texas-based radioactive waste management company, which are influencing decisions on rule changes that would lead to more radioactive waste being sent to a West Texas site.  It is unclear from the article whether they are referring to a consultation on recategorising levels of radioactive waste, or to a proposed temporary storage facility for higher-level radioactive waste.  Concern repeated by Democratic Underground, National Memo

19 October 2018                                Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

Ottawa Votes: Most Ottawa candidates oppose nuclear dump at Chalk River

The majority of election candidates questioned by local newspaper are opposed to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ proposed low-level radioactive waste facility close to the Ottawa River.

19 October 2018                                Detroit Free Press (USA)

60,000 tons of dangerous radioactive waste sits on Great Lakes shores

A lengthy but very readable local newspaper article that explores the ethical, economic and environmental issues of maintaining surface interim radioactive waste stores, compared with geological disposal.  Also reported in Inquisitr, MSN/ABC, Energy News

19 October 2018                                PZC (Holland)

State Secretary: ‘Borssele Nuclear Power Plant maximum safety in 2019’

Reports Government Minister saying that all radioactive waste will have been removed from the site by 2026.

19 October 2018                                Pierce County Tribune (USA)

NWTRB meeting to be livestreamed

The US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB) holding a public meeting in New Mexico (on Wednesday 24 October) to review technical issues that need to be addressed before the US Department of Energy (DOE) begins a nationwide effort to transport spent nuclear fuel or high-level radioactive waste.

19 October 2018                                InnoEnergy

The Nobel Prize in Physics wants to reduce the activity of nuclear waste from one million years to 30 minutes

Newly-announced Nobel Prize-winner Gérard Mourou is currently conducting research with lasers designed to reduce the radioactivity of nuclear waste.  Also reported by EuroNews

18 October 2018                                Exchange Monitor (USA)

NRC Urges Court to Dismiss Nevada Petition Against Commissioner on Yucca Licensing

In court filings, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the petition is premature and should be dismissed.  Nevada is concerned that a new NRC Commissioner has previously expressed pro-Yucca opinions and therefore should be recused from any decision-making related to Yucca.  The Commissioner claims her is pro-geological disposal, but not any particular site.

18 October 2018                                Phys.Org

Research project aims to keep nuclear waste isolated 10,000 years into the future

Article on research assessing long-term impact of ‘hot’ radioactive waste on the surrounding rock in a geological repository setting.

18 October 2018                                Forbes Magazine

How An Ohio Mayor Took On Big Government In The Name Of Economic Development

The power of local councils working collaboratively to help one community remediate a nuclear site and return it to full economic use, creating new jobs and local wealth.

18 October 2018                                The Hill (USA)

Is less government the key to nuclear waste management?

Former senior US Energy Department official argues that loss of trust in government means that making progress with finding a repository for the disposal of US’ radioactive waste stockpile depends on developing a new ‘consent-based’ approach managed by the private sector.

18 October 2018                                Roll Call (USA)

Failures of Congress Keep Nuclear Waste Scattered Across the US

Lengthy article explaining how the issue of radioactive waste is climbing political agenda, with hopes that after the mid-term elections the bipartisan approach in the House of Representatives will also be followed in the Senate.

18 October 2018                                Malaysia Kini

Managing nuclear waste

Article explaining and making the case for geological disposal.

18 October 2018                                Daily Times (Pakistan)

Green red zones

Explaining the issues behind long-term ‘memory’ of where radioactive waste is geologically disposed, to protect future generations, this article contrasts the international effort being placed behind finding a solution to this question to the more immediate risks posed to farmers in Pakistan, where there are little health and safety warnings about anything.

17 October 2018                                Wiscasset Newspaper (USA)

Maine Yankee CAP hears about canister checks, removal updates

While hearing reassuring news about the safety integrity of locally-stored radioactive waste storage canisters, the Community Advisory Panel (CAP) for Maine’s Yankee nuclear power plant also heard concerns about the lack of political progress with resolving long-term permanent disposal options, ie Yucca Mountain.

17 October 2018                                The Surfer (USA)


Thoughtful, considered article on the complexities of radioactive waste management and disposal.  Even in an ideal world, may take 20-30 years before all the current waste can be safely shipped for disposal elsewhere.  Article urges readers to raise the issue with candidates for the November mid-terms, so that after the election, the political impasses in Washington DC might be resolved and momentum restored to removing waste from the San Onofre site.

17 October 2018                                Ukrinform (Ukraine)

Ukraine and the European Commission develop a national plan for the geological disposal of radioactive waste

Report that Ukrainian Government is launching a project to determine the process of selection of a site, ensure budget planning, train specialists, and contribute to the formation of a positive public attitude towards the facility. The plan is expected to take two years to complete and will be implemented by a consortium of companies from France, Germany and Sweden, with the participation of one of the National Academies of Sciences of Ukraine.  Also reported by MenaFN

16 October 2018                                Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Nuclear reactor to be shipped from Arkansas to Nevada for disposal

Plans to transport an old university research reactor for low-level waste disposal at Nevada’s National Security Site re-opens local debate about Yucca Mountain and the federal government using Nevada as a “nuclear dumping ground”.

16 October 2018                                CEZ Group (Czech Republic)

SÚRAO: Experts agreed on necessity of deep geological repository

Report that Czech Republic is currently assessing nine localities to host a geological repository, with four being shortlisted by the end of this year.

16 October 2018                                Exchange Monitor (USA)

WIPP Contractor Urged to Improve on Underground Ventilation, Communication

The prime contractor for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) should improve certain practices to ensure safe operation of its underground ventilation, according to a recent Department Of Energy report.  Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) should also communicate more with trade unions at the waste disposal facility.

15 October 2018                                Bellona (Russia/Norway)

Russian officials update maps of radioactive debris sunk in Arctic

Update on steps Russia is taking to ensure dumped radioactive waste does not leak into sea.  Although no leaks discovered in recent survey, Russian scientists urge Moscow to provide more funding.

15 October 2018                                News Tribune (USA)

US seeks more info on proposed nuclear waste storage project

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have requested further information from Holtec International, as the NRC review the licence application to operate a temporary radioactive waste facility in New Mexico.  Also reported by KRQE, KRWG, KUNM, Bradenton Herald

15 October 2018                                KNPR (USA)

Transportation Issues Disqualify Yucca Mountain, Opponent Says

This opinion also challenged in local public radio item.

15 October 2018                                Albuquerque Journal (USA)

Editorial: Local residents deserve to be heard on WIPP plan

Local leaders should visit the communities affected by the proposed change to how the volume of radioactive waste disposed of at WIPP is calculated, in order to explain the possible implications of a change and answer residents’ questions/concerns.

14 October 2018                                Idaho Statesman (USA)

What the candidates for governor, AG say about nuclear waste in Idaho

The absence of a permanent geological disposal facility underlines complexity of politics and radioactive waste.  All the election candidates question the wisdom of waste being sent to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) faster than it can be processed, repackaged and forwarded for disposal.  There’s a risk that the INL could become a de facto long-term storage facility.  However, a local opinion poll finds that majority of Idahoans would prefer to keep waste coming in order to preserve the 7000 jobs at the site.

13 October 2018                                Massachusetts Live (USA)

Feds OK transfer of Vermont Yankee nuke license to private decommissioning firm

In an attempt to speed and reduce the cost of removing radioactive waste from interim surface storage facilities, current owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to sell the facility to a decommissioning-specialist consortia.  The US’ Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have given their approval for the sale, with minor caveats.  This is a major milestone in the sale process, but the Vermont Public Utility Commission must give its approval before the deal goes through.

13 October 2018                                 Taiwan News

Taiwan to complete repackaging of Orchid Island nuclear waste in 2020

Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council (AEC) says the repackaging of nuclear waste on Orchid Island should be completed by September 2020.  The island is mostly inhabited by indigenous people, and there have been repeated protests amid health and safety concerns, leading to attempts to find alternative storage sites. The current government has promised to make Taiwan nuclear-free by 2025.  The AEC is also asking for decommissioning plans for three nuclear plants by 2021.  The search for a geological disposal site goes on.

11 October 2018                                 The Inertia (USA)

San Onofre’s 3,600,000-Pound Nuclear Waste Dilemma Is a National Emergency

Ex-Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chief remains concerned that the plant’s “interim” storage facilities are not sufficiently protected against sea-level rises and salt corrosion.  In the absence of a permanent disposal facility (Yucca Mountain), he fears the radioactive waste will de facto be stored permanently too close to the shoreline in Southern California.

11 October 2018                                 Inside Ottawa Valley (Canada)

CNL responds to Ottawa Valley coalition’s claims

Staff at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratory (CNL) seek to correct misinformation about the planned repository for low-level waste, saying that they are also local residents, as concerned as everyone else about the environmental and health impacts.

10 October 2018                                Journal North (USA)

LANL restarts regular shipments to WIPP

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has resumed regular shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for the first time in over four years.  Also reported in Albuquerque JournalLos Alamos Daily Post, KRWGUS News & World Report, Carlsbad Current Argus, KRQE

10 October 2018                                World Nuclear News

MoU for Australian and Vietnamese nuclear organisations

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency (VAEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to allow further collaboration between the two organisations.

9 October 2018                                  Shepway Vox (UK)

Geological Disposal Facility Update

Call for more public engagement and involvement, and cash for the community, in any future discussions about the GDF.

8 October 2018                                  KPBS (USA)

Rally At Belly Up To Protest San Onofre Nuclear Waste Storage

Continued opposition to planned interim surface radioactive waste storage facilities near coast at San Onofre nuclear plant.  Also covered by the The Surfer.  Follow up story by Coast News

5 October 2018                                  Nevada Independent (USA)

Titus, Rosen see Yucca threat in DOE proposal on high-level nuclear waste

The US Energy Department’s consultation on reclassifying higher-level radioactive waste is a “back-door” way to re-open Yucca debate and move more waste to Nevada, according to local politicians. Not reported in article, but this opinion seems to misunderstand that point of reclassification is to reduce amount of waste that would need to be sent for geological disposal.  Similar coverage in the Ripon Advance

4 October 2018                                  Northumberland News (Canada)

CNL surveying Port Hope residents about low-level radioactive waste cleanup

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories conducting latest in a line of local opinion surveys to determine how aware residents are of the cleanup project in Port Hope and also how confident residents are that the work can be done safely.

4 October 2018                                  Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Does Kimba need nuclear?  AND  Proud of nuclear medicine

Two short pieces.  In the first a local business-owner and farmer explains why he supports the proposed radioactive waste facility, because of the benefits to the local economy and community.  The second explains the radioactive waste created from medical treatments, the benefits that brings to all people and the Australian economy.

4 October 2018                                  Albuquerque Journal (USA)

DOE considers new classification for some nuclear waste

US’ Energy Department has launched a public consultation on classifying “higher level” waste.  Reclassification would allow more waste to be disposed of through existing channels rather than being sent for geological disposal.  Cautious response from usual critics, saying it will all be about the detail.  Story omits to mention that this consultation has been lobbied for by US local governments.

4 October 2018                                  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Hornepayne, Ont., municipal election to become debate on nuclear waste

Two campaigners against the town being a host site for the Canadian GDF have decided to stand for election, to try and change the majority vote in the council in favour of proceeding with geological testing of a proposed site.

4 October 2018                                  The Star (Malaysia)

Nuclear option should stay

Critics say its in Malaysia’s national interest not to discount nuclear power, and there are solutions to managing long-term radioactive waste.  Similar sentiments expressed in an op-ed article in the New Straits Times.

4 October 2018                                  PlayerFM (USA)

“I could give a sh*t about Yucca Mountain becoming a nuclear dump”

Discussion on local Nevada community radio service.

3 October 2018                                  Ars Technica

A little radiation may be good for you, EPA witness argues for rule change

In the week radiation experts meet in USA to discuss lowdose radiation levels, concern that America’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing through “vaguely-worded” regulatory changes that may reduce safe permitted levels.

3 October 2018                                  Albuquerque Journal (USA)

WIPP volume hearing scheduled

The case for changing how volumes are calculated so that WIPP can hold more radioactive waste has become a local midterm elections issue.  Local Republican lawmakers and election candidates argue that the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) should proceed without need for a public hearing, and if there is one, it should be held in Carlsbad, the nearest city to WIPP.  Local Democrat politicians are more circumspect.  Not opposing the proposed chandge but urging careful consideration rather than a rushed decision.  Hearing set for 23 October.

3 October 2018                                  Bellona (Norway/Russia)

An old supper date with Bellona helped dismantle nuclear Russia’s nuclear waste legacy – starting with the Lepse

Bellona’s outgoing general manager recalls the humble origins of one of the largest and most successful radioactive waste management programmes.  In the late 1980s and early 1990s there was little political enthusiasm in Moscow to clean up nuclear waste in North Western Russia.  The EU was turning a blind eye, letting Russia deal with its nuclear waste legacy on its own.  But Bellona was busy collecting evidence that Russia needed more help than anyone in either Europe or Moscow was willing to fathom.  This evidence was used to raise awareness and eventually successfully secure European funding to help Russia clean up the waste.

3 October 2018                                  Physics World

Back to the future

On its 30th anniversary, the editor of Physics World looks back over issues which still confront physicists after all this time.  Radioactive waste and the search for geological disposal sites is one of the key issues which has yet to be resolved.

3 October 2018                                  The Sandpaper (USA)

Nuclear Fuel Transfer Complete, Oyster Creek Generating Station Not Authorized for Operation

Article explaining the regulatory process now that the local nuclear plant has officially closed.  Focuses on Holtec’s proposed acquisition to shorten timescale of removing the radioactive waste from the site, and the planned temporary storage facilities in New Mexico and West Texas.  All of this requires Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval.

3 October 2018                                  New Jersey Insider (USA)


US Senate candidate Bob Hugin condemns the Senate for failing to pass legislation that had overwhelming bipartisan support in the House Representatives.  The law would require the Department of Energy to consolidate and temporarily store waste until it develops a permanent nuclear waste repository. The legislation also would compensate communities that have been storing the nuclear waste.

2 October 2018                                  Taipei Times (Taiwan/Germany)

German delegation: Fourth Nuclear Power Plant could be turned into theme park

Report on a visit to Taiwan by German officials to share experience of decommissioning and radioactive waste management.

2 October 2018                                  Liberation (France)

Is the burial of nuclear waste practiced in France, and what are the risks?

Overview of France’s geological disposal policy and plans by a leading national newspaper.

2 October 2018                                  Sp!ked

An ode to nuclear waste

A creative and very different way to explain and discuss radioactive waste.

2 October 2018                                  Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Way will be found for Kimba to have say

Local politician Rowan Ramsey says a way will be found for the vote to proceed on whether the area wants to host the proposed low-level radioactive waste repository.

2 October 2018                                   Penn Live (USA)

Ahead of Three Mile Island closing, nuclear safety advocates call attention to waste

Activists concerned that surface storage and radioactive waste transportation plans will continue to pose a risk to local people.  The site operators state their plans require regulatory approval.

1 October 2018                                   Business Daily (Kenya)

Nuclear agency plays critical role in country

Response from Kenya’s Nuclear Electricity Board, refuting claims that Kenya not able to cope with radioactive waste or meet safety standards, saying that Kenya following international standrads, working closely with and getting support from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

1 October 2018                                   Daily Nation (Kenya)

Nuclear power negates hope for prosperity

Greenpeace Kenya explain objections to Kenya developing nuclear power, key amongst their concerns is the issue of radioactive waste management:  “For a country where solid waste management is a big problem, radioactive waste from a nuclear power plant will pose a massive challenge.”

1 October 2018                                   Malay Mail (Malaysia)

In defence of nuclear energy — Arveent Srirangan Kathirtchelvan

Op-ed critical of the Government’s decision, saying risk and costs of nuclear energy are much less then perceived, and that meeting climate change and carbon emissions targets harder and more costly using other forms of energy generation.

1 October 2018                                   New Straits Times (Malaysia)

Malaysia: No to nuclear

Further supportive media commentary on Malaysia’s decision not to adopt nuclear power, because of long term radioactive waste issues.

1 October 2018                                    IAEA

IAEA Mission Says Luxembourg Committed to Safe Management of Radioactive Waste, Sees Areas for Further Enhancement

Report on independent international expert review of Luxembourg’s management of radioactive waste.  Luxembourg does not operate any nuclear power plants and has only a small amount of radioactive waste from medical and other activities which are stored locally before being sent to Belgium for subsequent management under a bilateral agreement.  Also reported by World Nuclear News

1 October 2018                                   Vice News (USA)

Illinois and Nevada are fighting over where to store nuclear waste

4-minute news item explaining the political impasse around Yucca Mountain and Rep Shimkus’ attempts to progress the project.


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