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25 May 2018 Gulf News (UAE)
UAE and Chinese nuclear regulators sign MoU
The UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) on the cooperation and exchange of information in nuclear safety regulations. Also covered by Abu Dhabi City Guide
24 May 2018 San Clemente Times (USA)
Public comment period for nuclear waste cask strengthening ends June 5
Citizens’ Oversight Projects (COP), a watchdog group actively checking the policies and procedures of decommissioning and storage of spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre nuclear power station has a petition currently being considered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that would require more safety measures for the casks stored at the offline power plant. COP Executive Director Ray Lutz said: “Basically, it’s not asking them to swap them out of the casks. What we’re trying to get them to do is think about the long-term and plan ahead, and upgrade the canisters with an additional wall.
24 May 2018 Uganda Radio Network
Mukono Residents Petition Gov’t Over Nuclear Waste Plant
More than 200 local residents have petitioned the government over the proposed construction of a nuclear waste site in their community, demanding the relocation of the facility.
24 May 2018 New York Times
Awash in Radioactive Waste
Thoughtful, powerful and informative opinion article on Yucca Mountain and the case for geological disposal of radioactive waste.
24 May 2018 Gulf News (UAE)
UAE presents report on radioactive waste management
Reports the UAE’s submission to and participation in the 6th review meeting of the joint convention on the safety of nuclear fuel and radioactive active waste management in Vienna. Story also covered by Gulf Today
24 May 2018 ACT Media (Romania)
Nuclear waste: Commission urges 20 Member State to correctly transpose EU rules
Updating the earlier reports about Austria, Croatia, Italy and Ireland entering European Commission infraction proceedings, it now appear that most member states have been written to by the Commission for failing to adequately implement the Radioactive Waste Directive.
23 May 2018 US News & World Report
Nuclear Waste Storage Project in New Mexico Draws Criticism
Holtec International may have local political and business, as well as Congressional, support but dozens of people have expressed their concerns at a series of public consultation events in New Mexico. Environmental and public health risks, safe transportation of radioactive waste, and fears that the temporary facilities may become permanent amongst the key issues raised. The public reaction at the events also covered by the Santa Fe New Mexican, Albuquerque Journal, NBC News 11 KCBD, Hastings Tribune, KUNM
23 May 2018 Roll Call (USA)
Senate Energy-Water Rejects Research Cuts Sought by White House
As part of a wider spending package, the US Senate Energy-Water Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed, in place of funding to restart the process of licensing Nevada’s Yucca Mountain the Senate bill would dedicate an as yet undetermined amount for a pilot interim storage facility. The US House of Representatives recently allocated $268m for Yucca. The different approaches will now be discussed in a conference committee which reconciles differences between House and Senate proposals. Story also covered by Las Vegas Review Journal, Washington Examiner
23 May 2018 Daily Star (Lebanon)
Environment Ministry looks into radioactive waste reports
Government taking steps to allay public concern and to ensure there are no environmental or public health risks following unverified reports of illicitly buried radioactive material. Such accusations have been made before. Lebanon has long been an importer of radioactive materials for use in everything from health care to industrial production and agriculture. With financial support, via the IAEA, from Germany, France, USA and Canada, the Lebanese Government had been hoping to declare the country free of radioactive waste by May 2018.
23 May 2018 CBS TV News (USA)
Tons Of Nuclear Waste Outside Sacramento May Finally Be Removed
Local CBS affiliate TV news item summarises the issues, debate, implications and complexities of the US House of Representatives’ Nuclear waste Bill and the Yucca Mountain project.
23 May 2018 Prague Daily Monitor (Czech Republic)
Activists succeed with complaint against nuclear waste storage
Court rules that correct procedure not followed in assessing environmental impacts of storing radioactive waste at the Temelin nuclear plant. Authorities instructed to conduct process again.
22 May 2018 CTV News (Canada)
NDP only party opposed to building a nuclear waste bunker near Lake Huron
With local elections pending in Ontario, one of the 3 main parties contesting the vote has said it will intervene amid concerns about the proposed low-level waste geological repository being sited so close to the Great Lakes basin, referencing worries on both sides of the US-Canadian border around the Lakes. Story also covered by Toronto City News, National Post, GlobalNews, Sudbury Star
21 May 2018 Live Science
Why Radioactive Waste Is Being Melted into Glass
In what is claimed as a world first, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are turning liquid radioactive waste into glass to make the waste safer for permanent geological disposal. Turning the liquid waste into a solid form immobilises the radioactivity. The process will help treat and dispose of the 56 million gallons (211 million litres) of chemical and radioactive waste stored in underground tanks at the Hanford nuclear waste after 40 years of plutonium production. Development also covered in UK by the Daily Express.
21 May 2018 Las Vegas Sun (USA)
Nuclear waste in Nevada? Not on my watch
In a ‘why vote for me’ column, incumbent US Senator Dean Heller, who faces a tough re-election fight, focuses solely on his efforts to block the Yucca Mountain.
21 May 2018 IAEA
Iran wants to join the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management — mention in opening remarks by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to the 6th Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management in Vienna.
21 May 2018 Public News Service (USA)
Two Public Hearings in NM This Week on Nuclear Fuel Repository
New Mexico residents will have two chances this week to tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission what they think of a proposed underground nuclear storage facility, as the public consultation on Holtec’s plans continue.
21 May 2018 Express Tribune (Pakistan)
K-P health facilities told to set up waste management systems
Management of radioactive waste at hospitals in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) province is included within new rules issued to the local health sector. Story also covered by Dawn
19 May 2018 CBS News 8 Las Vegas (USA)
Mary Beth Sewald: Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
Local TV interview with Head of Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce speaking ahead of planned Chamber visit to lobby in Washington DC. Opposition to Yucca Mountain is lead item in discussion.
18 May 2018 Roswell Daily Record (USA)
More public comment allowed on proposed nuclear waste site
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled additional public meetings in New Mexico regarding Holtec International’s proposal to build a facility to store radioactive waste.
18 May 2018 Green News (Ireland)
EU takes action against Ireland over range of environmental issues
The European Commission has taken initial steps against Ireland for failure to adopt a national programme for the management of radioactive waste, and failing to transpose a new EU Directive on Nuclear safety standards before the February 2018 deadline.
18 May 2018 Buffalo News (USA)
West Valley remains safe for nuclear waste
A local geologist claims research conducted by the New York State Geological Survey during the 1960s reveals that the locally-disputed West Valley site is safe in geological terms.
18 May 2018 Manila Times (Philippines)
PH nuclear legal framework ‘insufficient’
Chairman of the Philippines’ Senate Committee on Energy, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, says the country is yet to learn from more advanced nations, including safe management of nuclear wastes. Also reported in the local Business Mirror, Politiko
18 May 2018 Chicago Evening Post (USA)
2018 RadWaste Summit to Explore The Path Forward for Safety, Security and Storage of Radioactive Waste
Major conference being held in Nevada 4-6 September this year. Would appear to be a privately-run conference seeking paying delegates.
18 May 2018 The Economist
Why the Supreme Court changed America’s betting rules
A previous US Supreme Court ruling on radioactive waste underpinned this week’s decision to allow States the freedom to set their own gambling laws. Story also covered by Forward magazine
17 May 2018 Nevada Appeal (USA)
Open letter to Rep Mark Amodei
Resident of Nevada complaining that Amodei does not represent local opinion and interests by voting against Yucca Mountain. Wishes he and other opponents of Yucca would get it in their heads that it wouldn’t be a “dump site”, and that Nevada is failing itself and the nation by not considering further.
17 May 2018 Government Europa
EU refers states to court over spent fuel and radioactive waste breaches
Reports the European Commission’s referral of Austria, Croatia and Italy to European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failing to provide finalised radioactive waste management plans. Story also covered by Budapest Business Journal
17 May 2018 Atlanta Courthouse News Service (USA)
Nuclear-Waste Tax Case Battled at 11th Circuit
Florida nuclear power company Nextera seeking to claim US$100m tax refund by arguing that radioactive waste storage and disposal costs are tax deductible.
17 May 2018 World Nuclear News
Progress for WIPP infrastructure upgrade
US Department of Energy approves a new US$288m ventilation system for WIPP. The increased ventilation will allow waste emplacement activities to be performed at the same time as mining and maintenance operations, and will also allow for easier filter replacement and other safety and maintenance activities. The system was recommended following the underground ruptured package incident in 2014.
17 May 2018 Portsmouth Daily Times (USA)
Vote on Piketon waste facility challenged
Local opposition to the plan to store radioactive waste indefinitely on the site of the old Piketon nuclear facility in Ohio.
17 May 2018 Kuwait News Agency
IAEA to host meeting on radioactive waste management
Notes that the Sixth Review Meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management will take place at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Vienna headquarters from 21 May to 1 June. The Joint Convention seeks to achieve and maintain a high level of worldwide safety in spent fuel and radioactive waste management, with member countries required to deliver national reports on their implementation of the convention’s obligations that are discussed as part of a peer-review process held every three years. Topics on the agenda of two-week meeting include recent developments and challenges in the safe management of disused sealed radioactive sources, as well as general safety issues, challenges and public acceptance aspects of storage and disposal of higher-level radioactive waste.
17 May 2018 Santa Fe New Mexican (USA)
Legislative committee to hear plans for nuclear waste storage site
First story on Holtec International addressing the first meeting of the Interim Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee in New Mexico to discuss their planned temporary radioactive waste storage facility, as part of the lengthy regulatory and planning approvals process. Second follow up story on what happened at the hearing. Story also covered by the Albuquerque Journal, Carlsbad Current-Argus.
16 May 2018 The Gateway (Canada)
U of A develops new particle accelerator to supply medical isotopes
University of Alberta claim to have developed a way of creating isotopes for medical applications which create no radioactive waste.
16 May 2018 ANSA (Italy)
Italy reported to ECJ for smog: Three infraction proceedings opened
European Commission has reported Italy to the ECJ (European Court of Justice) for failure to comply with Directives on managing exhausted nuclear fuel and radioactive waste.
16 May 2018 NBC News 3 Las Vegas (USA)
Oregon Congressman hopes to fast-track Yucca Mountain
Nevada media outlet explain why congressman supports pressing ahead with Yucca Mountain project, mainly his fears of an environmental catastrophe if waste is stored on the surface rather than disposed of safely deep underground.
16 May 2018 Inside Ottawa Valley (Canada)
Arnprior reeve defends nuclear waste disposal site plan
Local community leader rejects concerns that Canada is not complying with international radioactive waste management standards. While noting the waste facility plans require further detailed thought and scrutiny, he claimed the environmental groups and First Nations leaders who have raised concerns are just looking for headlines.
16 May 2018 Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (Germany)
German nuclear waste disposal fund hires Clifford Chance
Germany’s €24bn nuclear waste disposal fund has appointed Clifford Chance to advise on the fund’s management.
15 May 2018 Nevada Appeal (USA)
Statewide candidates speak at Republican luncheon
Republican candidates for state-level elections would all prefer to find alternative uses for Yucca Mountain site and new ways to regenerate local economy. One candidate says “Yucca” has become a toxic name and the site needs rebranding.
15 May 2018 World Nuclear News
NWMO broadens its international cooperation
Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) signed or renewed knowledge-sharing and cooperation agreements with counterparts from five countries: Belgium, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The organisation has previously signed such agreements with nuclear waste management organisations in Finland, South Korea and Japan.
15 May 2018 Daily News-Miner (USA)
Nuclear power plant to be decommissioned
Temporary facilities to store radioactive waste on site at Alaska’s only nuclear plant will not provide the protection required, and the waste will have to be shipped from the site for either storage elsewhere or permanent disposal. Also covered by Power magazine.
15 May 2018 GMA News (Philippines)
PNRI cites importance of nuclear waste disposal facility
The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) have said disposal of radioactive wastes must be addressed if the Philippines government decides to build nuclear power stations. They want a licensed disposal facility built at the same time as any nuclear power plant, so that waste does not accumulate.
15 May 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Kimba’s free camping a money-maker
Despite being a potential site for a geological repository for low-level radioactive waste, Kimba is gaining a reputation as a “must stay location” for campers, giving the local economy a boost. Success in part explained by the provision of free camping, with campers asked to make voluntary donations, and new campsite amenities being provided by the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme.
15 May 2018 The Day (USA)
Revive Yucca Mountain plan and buy time with interim storage
Editorial from Connecticut newspaper, similar to that below from Arkansas, in support of geological disposal and progressing Yucca.
15 May 2018 Science Business (Romania)
How to build research infrastructures with regional funds
Report on a new advanced €300m research facility near Bucharest. Research will include innovations in radioactive waste management. Main concern expressed in article was difficulty that EU procurement rules created for building and sustaining such a research facility.
14 May 2018 Michigan Peninsula News (USA)
House approves nuclear waste amendment
Report on local congressional success in getting US House of Representatives to support a ban on geological repositories for radioactive waste on both sides of the border around the Great Lakes.
14 May 2018 Politifact (USA)
Rosen misleads on Heller Yucca Mountain vote
Democrat challenger to incumbent Dean Heller in November’s US Senate elections in Nevada accuses Heller of actually voting to fund Yucca Mountain, but her claims fact-checked and dismissed by leading US political magazine.
14 May 2018 Arkansas Online (USA)
Only a hole in the ground. But it leaves the country in grave danger
Editorial in favour of geological disposal of radioactive waste and of the Yucca Mountain project.
14 May 2018 The Transcontinental (Australia)
Students immerse themselves at ANSTO
Schoolchildren from a community considering whether to host a low-level radioactive waste facility spend four days away finding out more about the work of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
14 May 2018 ABC News 57 Michigan (USA)
Michiana’s world of nuclear energy from research to policy
Scientists in Michigan would prefer spent fuel was reprocessed, as they believe globally this would provide 5000 years of low-carbon power. However US government concerned about the amount of weapons-grade plutonium this might produce. Scientists recognise geological disposal as best disposal method, but note political not technical issues hampering progress to finding a site, saying: “The problem is the planning horizon to do this is so long that you need some policy that would get you past those changing whims at it were of politicians, and policy where you just pick a path and go for it and get there as the French have done.”
13 May 2018 Carlsbad Current Argus (USA)
Underground testing: Robotics team prepares for competition at WIPP
WIPP allowed a local high-school to test their robots underground before the students competed in an international robotics competition.
13 May 2018 Ars Technica
Plan to make fuel from weapons-grade plutonium oxides dead on arrival
Reports that US Energy Department have decided not to progress with a MOX processing facility in South Carolina, because it is cheaper to permanently dispose of the material at WIPP. Governor of South Carolina vows to fight the decision because of the lost jobs and investment. Story also covered by local newspaper Charleston Post Courier.
13 May 2018 San Francisco Chronicle (USA)
Keating sees nuke waste bill making plant closing safer
Californian newspaper reports on a Massachusetts congressman saying that the House Bill will speed removal of radioactive waste from nuclear sites and will help make the decommissioning process safer. Story also covered in Sacramento Bee, and by North Carolina’s WRAL Channel 5. Covered in Massachusetts by WWLP Channel 22 News
13 May 2018 Oxford Mail (UK)
Stanford in the Vale man convicted for failed £4m nuclear waste scam
A man who set up a company to find sites to dispose of radioactive waste has been convicted of a £4m tax fraud.
12 May 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
WIPP: Full air filtration mode a ‘conservative decision’ to protect environment, workers
Air filtration introduced after the rupture of a waste package in 2014 continues to be deployed to prevent radioactive particles from reaching the outside air, despite research that suggests it is not longer needed. Filtration reduces the amount of work that can be done in the underground nuclear waste repository. The Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Centre (CEMRC) says filtration no longer necessary because any air released by WIPP would be below federal standards for nuclear exhaust. However WIPP management prefer to be conservative and cautious.
12 May 2018 SBS News (Australia)
Decision looms for SA town of Kimba divided over nuclear waste
Lengthy article and two minute video examining the local debate about hosting a low-level waste repository. One resident in favour of the project said: “To me, it’s a lot less scary than the chemicals and the petrol, diesel and everything else that comes through our road here. I think it’s far safer than my own farming industry, to be honest.”
12 May 2018 The Guardian (UK)
Campaigners slam £1m incentive to store nuclear waste
“The government’s offer in its consultation is simply not good enough. These communities are being asked to perform an important public service and should be properly recompensed.” Story also covered by Devdiscourse
12 May 2018 Tryon Daily Bulletin (USA)
The Foothills’ own Erin Brockovich on a mission
Profile of a 98-year old environmental activist still contesting the transportation of radioactive waste.
11 May 2018 Korea IT Times
Atomic Energy Research Institute leaks radioactive waste, where did they go?
South Korea’s Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC) is investigating lost radioactive waste from the Atomic Energy Research Institute. The whereabouts of gold, copper wire and lead waste that have been allegedly stolen and sold by former and current nuclear researchers is unknown. The waste is all considered low-level waste, but public safety concerns remain.
11 May 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Anti-nuclear protests at SA Liberal HQ
Protest against state and federal Liberal support for a radioactive waste facility near Kimba.
10 May 2018 Bellona (Norway/Ukraine)
Ukraine prepares to handle its spent nuclear fuel independent of Moscow
The post-Soviet era contract with Russia to handle Ukraine’s radioactive waste ends this year. Concerns that country is not prepared to handle the waste currently stored in Russia and will be sending back. There are no plans for a geological disposal facility, and little political or public faith in the agencies responsible for managing the radioactive waste — these are seen as a Soviet legacy and too close to the nuclear industry.
10 May 2018 Time Magazine
Bill to Revive Nuclear Waste Dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain Passes the House
Global media outlet reviews not just the current Bill, but provides a recent political history of the Yucca Mountain project. Story also covered in a wide range of national, regional political and trade media, eg: NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, The Hill, Salt Lake Tribune, Miami Herald, Business Insider, Boston Globe, Santa Fe New Mexican, US News & World Report, Seattle Times, Utility Dive, The Columbian, New Jersey Herald, Newsmax, Roll Call, World Nuclear News, Mail Online, Kallanish Energy; and even as far afield as the New Zealand Herald, Norway’s Bellona, and India’s The Hindu
This story also covered by US local and regional media, commenting on the implications for radioactive waste stored currently at a nuclear site in their area, eg: Arkansas Online; California’s San Diego Union-Tribune, Sacramento Bee, San Clemente Times, CBS Sacramento, KPBS, The Press-Enterprise, Good Day Sacramento, Sierra Wave, San Francisco Gate; Connecticut’s The Day; DC’s Ripon Advance; Georgia’s Augusta Chronicle; Florida’s St Augustine Record; Illinois’ Chicago Tribune; Indiana’s WANE; Maine’s Press Herald; Massachussets’ Patriot Ledger, Mattapoisett Wicked Local, Cape News; Michigan’s Detroit News; Minnesota’s Star Tribune, Republican-Eagle, Mankato Free Press, Post Bulletin; Missouri’s St Louis Post-Dispatch; New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press, Press of Atlantic City; New Mexico’s Albuquerque Journal, Carlsbad Current-Argus; North Carolina’s Star News Online, Winston-Salem Journal; Ohio’s News-Herald; Oregon’s East Oregonian, KDVR ABC News12, Hood River News; Pennsylvania’s Go Erie, Sun Gazette; Tennessee’s Bristol Herald Courier; Texas’ Chron.Com, San Antonio Express-News; Washington’s Tri-City Herald, Daily Herald, NEWStalk; Utah’s St George News; Virginia’s Daily Progress; Wisconsin’s State Journal
Nevada media unsurprisingly unhappy with the vote, as noted in NBC News 3 Las Vegas, Reno Gazette Journal, Sparks Tribune, Mesquite Local News, Las Vegas Review-Journal, CBS Channel 8 Las Vegas, Nevada Independent, ABC Channel 13 Las Vegas, KLAS-TV, KOLO News8, KXL101 FM News, Fox5 Las Vegas. One media outlet even provides a chronology of events at Yucca.
Republican Party issued a supportive statement after Bill passed.
9 May 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
Nevada’s congressional group unites against Yucca Mountain bill
Only one of the Nevadan congressional delegation’s amendments to the Yucca Mountain funding Bill has been allowed. This underlines Nevada’s isolation in the bipartisan proposed legislation. The one amendment accepted would require consensus-based siting for permanent repositories. The Nevadans believe this would “kill” Yucca Mountain since they do not believe there is sufficient local ‘consent’ other than the communities living closest to the site. Story also covered by Roll Call, Hastings Tribune, KRQE New Mexico
9 May 2018 Detroit News (USA)
No nuclear waste near Great Lakes
Michigan representatives have tabled amendment to a Yucca Mountain funding Bill which would prohibit a geological repository near the Great Lakes, either side of the US-Canada border. Also covered by Detroit Public TV
9 May 2018 Business Insider Australia
32 interesting and surprising measures announced in the 2018 federal budget
Aus$7.7 million to fund immediate and critical radioactive waste management projects (no detail given).
9 May 2018 Albuquerque Journal (USA)
Nuclear waste plan is too dangerous for NM
Guest column from activists concerned about the proposed Holtec temporary nuclear waste storage facility.
9 May 2018 Unearthed (UK)
Government says it could put nuclear waste site under national parks
Greenpeace magazine article reporting a Parliamentary Answer in which Government said it is not excluding a GDF being built under a protected area but that it should only be consented in such areas “in exceptional circumstances and where it would be in the public interest to do so.” Story followed up by UK national newspaper Daily Mirror with a reactive comment from Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MP.
9 May 2018 The Transcontinental (Australia)
More jobs for nuclear waste facility
More jobs than anticipated at proposed Kimba site for a low-level radioactive waste repository, more than half for local people.
8 May 2018 Pro Publica (USA)
Two Leading Bidders for Lucrative Los Alamos Lab Contract Have Checkered Safety Records
Concern that contractors who were responsible for the waste package that ruptured underground at WIPP, forcing the US’ only geological repository for nuclear waste to close for 2 years, are now in the running to secure the contract they lost as a consequence of the WIPP incident and other health and safety violations.
8 May 2018 The Times (UK)
Sellafield: Nuclear waste dustbin is cleaning up its act
Emily Gosden of The Times visits Sellafield.
8 May 2018 KRQE New Mexico (USA)
WIPP protects infrastructure with metal palm trees
Report on special arrays that protect WIPP facility from lightning strikes.
8 May 2018 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Plan to entomb nuclear reactor breaks promise to Manitobans, watchdog group says
Proposal to entomb radioactive waste on site of a decommissioned reactor because there is no available permanent geological disposal facility draws ire of local people. Story also covered in the Winnipeg Sun, Yahoo! News
8 May 2018 Republican Eagle (USA)
Progress on spent nuclear fuel storage? Local officials say they hope so
Minnesota politicians to press their congressional delegation to support this week’s Bill that would fund next stage of Yucca Mountain assessment project. Removing nuclear waste from interim surface storage facilities and sending it for permanent disposal a significant local issue.
However, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Nevadan unhappiness that despite their opposition, the Bill likely to be approved.
8 May 2018 Casino City Times (USA)
Las Vegas sends a message to Congress
The American Gaming Association, and Las Vegas business community, have sent an open letter to Congress stating their opposition to Yucca Mountain project. Story also covered by Las Vegas Sun
8 May 2018 Washington Examiner (USA)
GROUPS OPPOSE YUCCA MOUNTAIN BILL
More than 160 conservation, anti-nuclear and environmental groups sent a letter to the House, urging them to “oppose” the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017. The bill will begin the process of creating an interim storage site to move the nuclear waste being stored at power plant sites, while the Energy Department finishes licensing and building a permanent waste facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The groups say the bill’s plan is too risky for the environment and that Congress should instead scrap the plan in favour for more public discourse.
7 May 2018 Toledo Blade (USA)
Nuke closures have impacted local economies, changed community character
Reports on community discontent over prolonged interim surface storage of radioactive waste at decommissioned nuclear facilities because of the failure to provide a geological repository.
7 May 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Council innovation creating opportunity
The majority of media attention on South Australian councils has recently focused on the issue of rate capping and how that will inhibit local government’s ability to fund opportunities for projects of community significance. Local Kimba Council seen as leading the way in finding innovative ways, by partnering with community groups, private sector and other tiers of government, to identify non-traditional ways in which services and infrastructure can be made financially sustainable propositions. This includes the federal government’s $2-million Community Benefit Program, being rolled out as part of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility site selection process.
7 May 2018 WITF Pennsylvania (USA)
Closing Three Mile Island nuclear plant won’t eliminate hazards
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission address local concerns about maintaining interim surface radioactive waste stores at the iconic facility. Story also covered in York Daily Record
7 May 2018 The Hindu (India)
Spent fuel will be stored at KKNPP site itself: NPCIL
Environmentalists lodge new appeal against construction of a nuclear plant until a facility to dispose of nuclear waste is ready
7 May 2018 Washington Examiner (USA)
House proposes funding boost for nuclear weapons program, Yucca Mountain
US House of Representatives introduce new spending Bill, which includes funding for Yucca Mountain project. Story also covered by National Post, US News & World Report, Chron, Mail Online, Kallinish Energy
6 May 2018 Las Vegas Sun (USA)
Sun readers write in droves: Say no to Yucca
The newspaper has an avowed anti-Yucca editorial position, and makes much of 100 letters written in protest at Yucca. The paper also publishes a “package” of materials allowing readers to “sound off” against Yucca.
6 May 2018 Las Vegas Sun (USA)
Editorial: Recycling nuclear waste is not the win win it seems
Anti-geological repository newspaper also criticises plan floated to build a recycling plant rather than a . repository at Yucca Mountain.
5 May 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
Review-Journal earns 5 awards in Best of the West contest
Graphic illustrations of the Yucca Mountain site’s geology have won a prestigious media award.
5 May 2018 Post Register (USA)
Gov. candidates stances on INL issues contrast
Interviews with both Democrat and Republican candidates in the primaries for the Idaho Governor election, all supporting the Idaho National Laboratory nuclear waste reprocessing plant, but with different concerns about keeping radioactive waste on site for longer than originally agreed. The Idaho State Journal also interviewed the candidates, and produced a similar but original review of those interviews.
4 May 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
Proposed nuclear storage site in southeast New Mexico accused of ‘nuclear colonialism’
Concerns of the Navajo Nation and other Native American groups that they are being ignored over potential sites for storing radioactive waste in New Mexico.
4 May 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
House sets vote on Yucca Mountain bill for next Thursday
4 May 2018 London Free Press (Canada)
The security of Ontario’s nuclear plants should be an election priority, not the salaries of top Hydro One execs
Comment on how the costs and issues of decommissioning nuclear plants and building a geological repository are more important than executive salaries.
4 May 2018 Las Vegas Sun (USA)
Nuclear panel chair: ‘I remain adamantly opposed’ to Yucca Mountain
Following a public hearing, the chairman of Nevada’s interim legislative Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste says he’ll continue to support a 2017 legislative resolution stating opposition to the proposed national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
4 May 2018 Futurism
We Now Have A Working Nuclear Reactor for Other Planets — But No Plan For Its Waste
Speculative article exploring how waste from nuclear reactors which could power human habitats on Mars might be disposed of locally.
4 May 2018 Washington Examiner (USA)
House to vote next week to move ahead with Yucca Mountain as nuclear waste dump
US House of Representatives to decide whether to approve funding for Yucca Mountain. The bill would also direct the US Department of Energy to authorise an interim storage program before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission completes the licensing process for Yucca.
Bill sponsored by Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden who said: “Following last summer’s 49-4 vote out of the committee, bipartisan legislation to get our nation’s nuclear waste management policy back on track is heading to the House floor next week. We owe it to the 121 communities across 39 states, as well as to every American taxpayer forced to shoulder the daily $2.2 million burden of inaction, to get this done.”
Story also covered by Las Vegas Review-Journal,
4 May 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Proposed Kimba nuclear waste facility to bring 45 jobs
Announcement received positively locally.
Five go head-to-head for GOP Lt. Gov. nomination
All five candidates for Idaho’s Lieutenant Governor praised Idaho National Laboratory’s work on nuclear energy and said they’d help the next governor re-examine the 1995 Settlement Agreement governing radioactive waste cleanup, which is currently being consulted on by the US Department of Energy.
3 May 2018 SooToday (Canada)
Local Indigenous activist speaks at United Nations
Anishinaabe activist Candace Day Neveau, spoke out against Canada’s nuclear waste disposal policies at the United Nations in New York City. She was there as part of a working group, consisting of representatives from the Anishinabek Nation and the Iroquois Caucus, arguing that science did not support geological disposal. It is unclear which part of the UN the activists were meeting, since the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency advocates geological disposal as the scientifically best current solution.
3 May 2018 Newsmax (USA)
Sen. Heller Faces Political Fight With GOP Over Nuclear Waste Repository
Geological disposal at Yucca Mountain may play a key role in determining which Party controls the US Senate after the midterm elections in November. Nevada Senator Heller is the only Republican senator running for reelection in the 2018 midterms in a state that 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won. Given the national Republican Party support for Yucca Mountain project, political analysts say he needs to separate himself from the Party platform to win his election. Newsmax item based on an article in the US political magazine The Hill
3 May 2018 Green Left Weekly (Australia)
Opposition to Flinders Ranges nuclear dump grows
Environmental activist report on the process and community reaction to finding a site for a low-level radioactive waste facility.
2 May 2018 CPH Post (Denmark)
Confusion over storage of low-level radioactive material
Conflicting regulations stemming from two different government departments are causing problems for municipalities, as they receive different advice from different bodies.
2 May 2018 Scientific American
Bill Gates in Search of Nuclear Nirvana
A Bill gates company, TerraPower, seeking to build a safe, nearly waste-free nuclear reactor that won’t contribute to weapons proliferation or climate change
2 May 2018 Power Technology
Managing nuclear waste in France: the long and short game
Extensive article explaining the French approach to radioactive waste management and geological disposal, and drawing comparisons between the public and political debate between France and US.
1 May 2018 Albuquerque Journal (USA)
LANL welcomes new contractor
Following the rupture at WIPP of a radioactive waste package from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a new contractor, N3B, has been appointed to to take responsibility for the packaging of radioactive waste. The contractor started work on 1 May.
1 May 2018 Power Magazine
The Nuclear Waste Impasse Can Only Be Resolved by the Public
Director of the US Nuclear Energy Foundation, Gary Duarte, argues that grass-roots education and mobilisation is the best way to counter vested commercial interests which are currently distorting the debate and the lobbying over Yucca Mountain. Duarte notes that opposition to Yucca is driven by the casino owners and Nevadan politicians who receive their financial support, not by the wider public.
30 April 2018 Los Alamos Monitor (USA)
Public airs concerns about proposed nuclear waste project near WIPP
Continued coverage of the open public meetings being held to discuss Holtec’s planned temporary radioactive waste storage proposal. Opinion polarised. Concern that without a current federal solution or alternative plans, the radioactive waste may be left in ‘temporary’ facilities indefinitely. Events also covered by Roswell Daily Record, Santa Fe New Mexican, Washington Post, Las Cruces Sun News, US News & World Report, ABC News, Augusta Chronicle
30 April 2018 Buffalo News (USA)
Another Voice: Sitewide removal is the only responsible choice at West Valley
West New York resident walks through the complex ethical, technical, risk-assessment and other issues related to disposal of radioactive waste.
29 April 2018 Nevada Independent (USA)
On the Record: Democratic congressional candidate John Anzalone
Interview with electoral candidate, includes his opposition to Yucca.
29 April 2018 Las Vegas Sun (USA)
Nevada needs Heller to just say no to Yucca Mountain
The newspaper’s editor-owner urges young people to pick up the fight against Yucca. He’s worried that the historic united political opposition is breaking down as politicians representing the affected local communities now back the wishes of their constituents to be allowed to explore the options, as the local tourism industry becomes less vocal, and as Nevada’s congressional representatives lose clout on a project the US Congress wants to move forward on.
28 April 2018 USA Today Network
Nuclear plant shutdowns a crisis for small towns across the USA
Lengthy article which highlights 2 key issues for communities across US facing closure of nuclear facilities: financial consequences of gaping holes in council budgets, depressed home values, and increased local taxes to make up for revenues which nuclear facilities provided; and pressurising federal government to compensate them for storing nuclear waste because of the failure to build a geological disposal facility.
27 April 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
Nevada pols should rethink opposition to Yucca Mountain
Local engineer objects to Nevadan politicians’ opposition to the Yucca Mountain project and the to the jobs and opportunities it will create.
27 April 2018 Bellona (Norway)
It’s time to stop paying for the Halden Reactor’s operation and start paying for it’s decommissioning
Article critical of Norway’s radioactive waste management plans and the likely costs of decommissioning.
27 April 2018 Seminole Sentinel (USA)
Public Meeting on Proposed Lea Co. Interim Nuke Storage Site Slated for Tuesday
The US’ Nuclear Regulatory Commission continues its public hearings into Holtec’s proposed temporary radioactive waste facility. Also covered in Electric Light & Power magazine
27 April 2018 Daily Express (UK)
China ‘AT RISK’ of radioactive exposure after North Korea nuclear test site COLLAPSES
Chinese academics worried about radioactive waste management at North Korea’s nuclear facilities.
27 April 2018 Pembroke Daily Observer (Canada)
CNL responds to Canadian Press story about First Nations and environmental groups warning that Canada is mishandling plans for nuclear waste
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) responds to inaccuracies in media reporting and statements made by activists about low-level waste management and CNL’s plans.
27 April 2018 Orange County Register (USA)
Could ‘stranded nuclear waste’ on San Clemente’s border pump millions into San Diego coffers?
Local concern that a Bill passing through the US House of Representatives to compensate communities for continuing to store radioactive waste destined for geological disposal will incentivise keeping waste in interim surface stores and slow down the process for finding a permanent disposal repository site.
27 April 2018 Vice
This Artist’s Designs Aim to Keep Future Humans Away from Nuclear Waste
Article on the work done, at the request of Carl Sagan, by Jon Lomberg to come up with imagery that will last 10,00 years to warn people about the contents of the geological repository at WIPP in New Mexico.
27 April 2018 Las Vegas Sun (USA)
Analysis: Stirrings on Yucca Mountain bring out foes
Report on the public hearings being held by Nevada’s Interim Legislative Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste to discuss Yucca Mountain project, saying that 40 people attended, split between pro and anti factions. Newspaper only reports comments from those opposed to the project.
27 April 2018 Independent Newspapers (Ukraine)
Ukraine To Strengthen Radioactive Waste Management
In a speech to mark the 32nd anniversary of Chernobyl, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko recommitted his country to safe disposal and management of radioactive waste. Media reports claim construction is underway for the central spent fuel storage facility — though this may refer to an interim surface storage facility rather than a GDF. GDFWatch has asked Ukrainian autohrities for further information, but have not yet received a response. Story also covered by Mena FN, UNIAN Economy, Xinhua, Kyiv Post, Ukrinform
26 April 2018 Washington Times (USA)
Lawmakers take notice as GAO finds huge potential savings on radioactive waste disposal
In urging US Congress to be more aggressive in monitoring federal government spending, the Government Accountability Office said tens of billions of dollars could be saved by coming up with better ways to treat radioactive waste. Other coverage of the GAO report can be found here.
26 April 2018 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Montreal-area mayors unanimously oppose nuclear waste dump in Chalk River, Ont.
82 Quebec municipalities worried Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) proposed low-level radioactive disposal site could affect drinking water.
26 April 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
House bill wants study of alternative uses for Yucca Mountain
Congresswoman Jacky Rosen introduces the Jobs, Not Waste Act into US Congress. This legislation would prohibit any action relating to the licensing, planning, development, or construction of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, until the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) submits a study to Congress on the economic viability and job-creating benefits of alternative uses of the Yucca Mountain site. Also covered by KOH AM Newstalk, Las Vegas Sun
26 April 2018 Times and Star (UK)
Search to find nuclear waste storage site is ‘flawed’, Cumbria council chiefs claim
Cumbria County Council respond critically to public consultation on the UK’s proposed new GDF siting process. Also covered in Whitehaven News.
26 April 2018 Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
Kehler: Chalk River’s nuclear waste facility will respect safety and the environment
Defence of the Canadian Nuclear Laboratory’s planned low-level radioactive waste near-surface repository, citing safety-first approach and extensive community engagement.
26 April 2018 Olean Times Herald (USA)
West Valley cleanup comment period extended by 30 days
Public consultation in Western New York state extended, but continued interim surface storage of radioactive waste not considered a viable option bu local Task Force.
26 April 2018 The Transcontinental (Australia)
Flinders Ranges and Kimba unite against nuclear waste
Local activists meet in opposition to proposed low-level radioactive waste facility.
25 April 2018 BBC (Wales)
Low-level nuclear waste might stay at Trawsfynydd plant
Negative public reaction to idea that radioactive waste may be left on site after the site has been decommissioned.
25 April 2018 Las Vegas Sun (USA)
Should nuclear waste be dumped here? Sound off on Yucca Mountain
Nevada’s Legislative Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste is holding a Hearing and seeking the opinions of Nevadans on the Yucca Mountain project.
25 April 2018 Yahoo! News
Officials say radioactive sludge barrel ruptures now total 4
Now confirmed that 4, not 1, radioactive waste packages ruptured at the Idaho waste processing facility. No risk to people or environment, nor injuries reported. Ruptures occurred following waste that had been stored since 1960s had been placed in new containers. Investigations continue. Also covered by The Columbian, ABC News
25 April 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
Carlsbad non-profits get boost from WIPP
Short article on WIPP’s financial support for local charities and community groups.
24 April 2018 International Atomic Energy Agency
IAEA, Florida International University Expand Cooperation on Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation
Announcement of new investment to develop skills base, and to co-ordinate international research. IAEA spokesman said: “As many nuclear facilities approach their retirement in the coming decades, having resources for their safe and effective decommissioning is of crucial importance. The same is true for environmental remediation of the sites after the decommissioning or other sites.”
24 April 2018 Republican-Eagle (USA)
Omnibus earmarks $40M for Prairie Island renewable energy programs
Minnesota planning to give $40 million to Prairie Island Indian Community for renewable energy programs, and provide funds to Xcel Energy to speed relocation of radioactive waste in interim surface storage at the Prairie Island and Monticello nuclear plants.
24 April 2018 Oshawa Express (Canada)
Region wants funding for nuclear waste storage
Local council wants compensation for the continued interim storage of nuclear waste at Darlington and Pickering Generating Stations “until such time as nuclear waste is stored in a permanent nuclear waste site.”
24 April 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
No nuclear waste groups stand together
Local activists convene following announcement that local referendum will be held on 20 August.
23 April 2018 Radio France International
4-minute item looking at UK’s search for a geological disposal site. Focuses initially on 2013’s failed Cumbria process, then references international consensus behind geological disposal and work being undertaken in Finland and France.
23 April 2018 New Vision (Uganda)
Proposed nuclear waste plant sparks off row
Residents complain they have not been consulted nor given enough information. Executive Secretary of Uganda’s Atomic Energy Council, Deogratious Luwalira, said residents had been informed and had been assured that radioactive waste store “will have no effects on human beings because its handled properly and professionally.” Confusion over whether local council has or has not approved continued development of the site, but local political representatives want more consultation with the community.
23 April 2018 Live Law (India)
SC Seeks Compliance Report On Directions Issued In 2013 Regarding Kudankulam Nuclear Plant
Indian Supreme Court hearing an extension request to a 2013 agreement to permit construction of the nuclear plant. Part of that agreement required proposals by 2018 for the geological disposal of radioactive waste. Also covered by the New Indian Express, Business Standard, The News Minute, SME Times, Energy InfraPost
23 April 2018 iPolitics (Canada)
Anti-nuclear waste activists march on Parliament Hill
Anishinabek Nation representatives join forces with NGOs to call on the International Atomic Energy Agency to launch a full investigation into how Canada deals with radioactive waste. The activists believe that current Canadian practices don’t meet the international obligations laid out in the joint convention to which Canada is a signatory. This story also covered in The Province, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, National Post, CTV News, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Turtle Island News, The Record, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Orangeville Banner, Renfrew Today
23 April 2018 Irish Times
UK ‘yet to properly assess’ nuclear plan’s impact on Ireland
Irish NGO claims UK has not consulted Ireland on potential impacts, not just of Hinckley C, but of prospective plans to site a geological disposal facility either in N Ireland or under the Irish sea.
23 April 2018 Dhaka Times (Bangladesh)
Reliance on fossil fuels makes Bangladesh an outlier
Article critical of Bangladesh’ reliance on more expensive coal and nuclear energy sources makes reference to potential additional escalating future costs associated with radioactive waste management.
23 April 2018 Kent Online (UK)
UK’s first nuclear waste site could be at Romney Marsh
Folkestone & Hythe council open to potentially hosting the GDF.
23 April 2018 Albuquerque Journal (USA)
WIPP official defends plant safety plans
Following the 2015 incident at WIPP, new procedures were put in place, which would have detected the radioactive waste package that ruptured earlier this month at Idaho’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex before it left Idaho for emplacement at WIPP. Also covered by US News & World Report, Seattle Times, Artesia Daily Press, Santa Fe New Mexican
22 April 2018 The Statesman (India)
Nuclear Legacy Trap: myths and reality
Article urges India’s nuclear community to come out of their comfort zone and address the myths and realities of radioactive waste to build trust and understanding with the Indian public.
22 April 2018 Ukrinform (Ukraine)
The State Fund for Radioactive Waste Management will resume its work on July 1
Legislative amendments had accidentally halted funds going to radioactive waste managemetn in Ukraine. This has now been addressed.
21 April 2018 Tri-City Herald (USA)
Volcanoes or earthquakes. Which one is a bigger threat to Hanford?
Report on the US Department of Energy’s review of the potential impact of volcanic ash on interim surface storage facilities which hold radioactive waste awaiting geological disposal.
21 April 2018 Development Discourse (Czech Republic)
Demonstration against the nuclear repository at eight locations in the Czech Republic
Municipalities identified as potential sites for the Czech geological repository will be demonstrating against the storage of spent nuclear fuel on their territory. They want the state to pass a law that will give municipalities an equal position in deciding how and where the waste is disposed. The demonstrators will be joined by mayors from neighbouring Austria. Although Austria is non and anti nuclear, the mayors are not questioning geological disposal, but are supporting their Czech colleagues in having a role in deciding how and where the site is located.
21 April 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
WIPP moves forward with infrastructure upgrades a year after reopening
WIPP management report on operations and infrastructure investment since the facility re-opened.
The newspaper also runs another story on a school’s visit to WIPP to make local children more aware of the facility’s work.
21 April 2018 The Times (UK)
Sellafield tourist brought in to clear up the mess we’ve made of nuclear waste
Interview with David Peattie, new Chief Executive of the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The NDA is the parent body of the UK’s GDF delivery body, RWM. No mention of geological disposal in the interview.
19 April 2018 Post Register (USA)
New group to push against bringing more waste to Idaho
A new group, “Don’t Waste Idaho” has been established to pressure the U.S. Department of Energy not to review whether the Idaho National Laboratory should be kept open to package more nuclear waste, and to stick to the terms of the 1995 Settlement Agreement. Story also covered by Boise State Public Radio
19 April 2018 Development Discourse (Georgia)
IAEA reviews use of nuclear technologies in Georgia
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Director General discussed radioactive waste disposal during a visit to Georgia. The country uses radioactive sources in medicine and industry, and operates radioactive waste management facilities. Georgia’s authorities are exploring different options for radioactive waste disposal, in particular, a central waste treatment and storage facility.
18 April 2018 Lincoln County Herald (USA)
YUCCA MOUNTAIN CONCERNS REMAIN HOT TOPIC
Local newspaper reviews the debate and the conflicts between the local community which wants to assess the opportunity and the State which is blocking any attempts to progress the project.
18 April 2018 NBC News KPVI-Channel 6 (USA)
Investigation Involving Waste Drum Continues at DOE Idaho Site
Investigations continue into the waste package leak at the Idaho plant last week. Shipments from the plant to WIPP have resumed because none of the waste and packaging under investigation had been sent to WIPP. Preliminary investigations suggest that “a drum experienced a pressure excursion that resulted in the breach of the drum lid”. The suspect package had been processed on the afternoon of April 11, repackaged, and was awaiting the final characterisation, treatment, and certification process required for shipment to WIPP. It is thought the waste concerned may have been stored at the facility since the 1960s.
18 April 2018 Reuters (France)
Quiet no more, French village becomes centre of anti-nuclear protest
Reuters reports that the 82 residents of the French village of Bure lived a quiet life until the government began testing the feasibility of storing nuclear waste there. Now Bure is rocked by prote s ts as a final decision on the project looms. French nuclear waste agency Andra is preparing a
formal request for next year to build the 25 billion euro ($31 billion) facility. Local Mayor Gerard Antoine originally backed the proposal but says he now regrets that decision and would say no if he were asked today: “Life will become unbearable here with the nuclear waste and all the
demonstrators.” Story also reprinted in Lebanon’s Daily Star, Yahoo! Australia, Business Insider, Euronews
18 April 2018 Albuquerque Journal (USA)
Editorial: Now’s the time to air concerns about nuke site
Local newspaper supports Holtec’s bid for a temporary radioactive waste storage facility, explains why, and makes wider pitch for why New Mexico is well-placed to take advantage of economic opportunities related to nuclear waste management.
17 April 2018 Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Czech Republic weighs nuclear options
In a longer piece about the economic and geopolitical issues behind any Czech government decision on nuclear, the difficulties of finding a location for a geological repository are mentioned.
17 April 2018 The Hill (USA)
The ‘victim card’ always obscures the truth
Leading Washington DC political magazine carries opinion piece from a Nevada Republican critical of his state’s political leadership’s opposition to Yucca Mountain project, who says: “Imagine a Republican member of the U.S. Senate refusing to support a proposal that could potentially create thousands of high-paying jobs and generate billions of dollars in fees and taxes, which could be distributed in annual payments to citizens and government.”
16 April 2018 Nuclear Policy (UK)
NFLA Welsh Forum joins with other Welsh anti-nuclear groups to discuss challenging Welsh nuclear policy and unanimously agrees on the ‘Machynlleth Declaration’
Website of Nuclear Free Local Authorities publishes joint statement — the Machynlleth Declaration — calling on Welsh Government make Wales a leader in Europe and the world for clean, green and nuclear free energy. Statement includes comment on GDF siting process.
16 April 2018 The Transcontinental (Australia)
ATLA opposes UCG in Leigh Creek
Aboriginal group, the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA), has voted unanimously against the proposed radioactive waste management facility near Hawker. The Federal government have announced that a postal referendum will start on 20 August to assess community support for the proposed waste facility. The Government have given a commitment that the facility will only proceed with community support.
16 April 2018 WHYY Public Service Radio (USA)
With nuke plant shutting down, N.J. community inherits 1.7M pounds of waste
Report on impact on local community of the closure of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant. Not just lost jobs, loss of income for local economy, or likely higher local taxes to make up shortfall, but what to do with the waste — this was supposed to be sent for geological disposal but will now be held in interim surface storage facilities.
16 April 2018 Nottingham Post (UK)
Is the government planning to put a nuclear waste dump in south Nottinghamshire?
Based on Leicestershire County Council’s deliberations (see story below, 13 April), very similar story about public reaction to the possibility of a GDF being built in Nottinghamshire. Same story also runs in the Derby Telegraph, with a ‘Derbyshire’ angle.
16 April 2018 Splash 247 (China)
China National Nuclear Corporation to develop spent nuclear fuel carriers
Given the anticipated scale of radioactive waste volumes from their nuclear reactors, China is already planning ahead.
16 April 2018 Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Radioactive waste leaking at German storage site: report
Potential problems with canisters at a low-level radioactive waste facility raise wider concerns about the risks of maintaining interim facilities and no alternative currently available for permanent disposal of radioactive waste. Story also covered in New Europe magazine.
15 April 2018 Tri-City Herald (USA)
Try your skill at walking and texting. Free safety expo returns to Pasco
Transport of nuclear waste is one of the demonstrations at a local family education expo on the science of safety, safety awareness, safety culture for businesses and work/life balance.
14 April 2018 Whitehaven News (UK)
Paltry payback on offer for dealing with waste
Cumbria Trust report letter in Whitehaven News from Tim Knowles, who chaired the failed last attempt to site a GDF, in which he laments lack of funding on offer, but comments on potential of siting the repository up to 20km offshore.
13 April 2018 Leicester Mercury (UK)
Could north Leicestershire be put forward as location for a nuclear waste dump?
On the back of Leicestershire County Council agreeing text of their response to the UK Government’s current consultations on geological disposal, an article highlighting the range of local opinions — mostly opposed, though the County Council have left open their option to explore the possibility of hosting a facility.
13 April 2018 Idaho Mountain Express (USA)
With deadline looming, history weighs heavy at INL
The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) packages radioactive waste for geological disposal. But a backlog at WIPP, and no progress on Yucca Mountain or any other geological disposal facility has forced the US Department of Energy to review whether to extend the INL’s operating life and licence. Any extension to the contract would breach the conditions of a 1995 settlement reached between Idaho and the federal government, and faces local opposition to any increase in the amount of waste stored in interim surface facilities.
12 April 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Economic working group established in Kimba
Eight people from the Kimba area have been appointed as members of an economic working group to investigate all economic opportunities and issues associated with a proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. The group comprises farmers, councillors and business owners, and people who are for, against and neutral on the proposal. The Kimba group mirrors a successfully established group around the Wallerberdina Station site, which is already developing a range of ideas on how local business could benefit from a facility.
12 April 2018 US News & World Report
Radioactive Sludge Barrel Ruptures at Idaho Nuclear Site
A barrel containing radioactive waste ruptured at the Idaho National Laboratory site for the packaging and interim surface storage of nuclear waste. Federal officials said there were no injuries and no risk to the public but the incident could possibly slow progress in the shipping waste from the site. Story also covered by Idaho Spokesman-Review, Boise State Public Radio, Bristol Herald Courier, Japan Times, Yahoo! News UK, KXYL Spokane, Midland Daily News, Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle
12 April 2018 Swiss Info
Extra CHF1bn needed to decommission Swiss nuclear plants
Swiss Government announce that costs of decommissioning and disposing of radioactive waste are likely to rise by more than 1 billion swiss francs than previously estimated.
12 April 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
Chairman promises House vote on Yucca Mountain funding
In contrast to the hearing he got in front of a Senate committee the day before, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry was told by the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that he would be bringing forward legislation to fund licensing proceedings for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.
Separately on Thursday, during a Senate Banking Committee hearing, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told Senator Dean Heller of Nevada that he is open to interim storage: “I’m not trying to beat up on Nevada. I’m trying to figure out a way to put this stuff someplace safe.”
11 April 2018 Wicklow News (Ireland)
WPPN Information Meeting on the UK’s proposals to expand their Nuclear Programme
Local media report on a public meeting was organised by Wicklow Public Participation Network and the Irish Environmental Network, which included discussion about the possibility of a GDF being built in Northern Ireland or under the Irish Sea.
11 April 2018 Grist
Nukes of Hazard
Cover article in this month’s edition of an independent environmental and social justice magazine looks at wider nuclear picture, with a strong mention of the issues associated with managing radioactive waste. The article makes the point that a) waste from other fuel sources and industrial processes dwarfs by volume the waste produced by nuclear, b) other wastes remain toxic and harmful forever and do not decay safely, c) no other industry takes such care to dispose of its waste.
11 April 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
Senators question Yucca Mountain in DOE’s proposed budget
Appearing before the US Senate Appropriations subcommittee for energy and water development, Energy Secretary Rick Perry was told the federal government had to find additional and alternative ways to manage and dispose of radioactive waste. Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander said he would be introducing a bill soon that would create a federal agency to find additional permanent and temporary repositories besides Yucca Mountain.
The House of Representatives and Senate are at loggerheads over how to address nuclear waste and whether to press ahead with Yucca Mountain. The House has passed legislation to streamline the licensing process and expand Yucca Mountain storage. The Senate blocks any moves to progress Yucca Mountain. Senator Alexander said he still sees Yucca Mountain as an integral part of solving the nuclear waste problem, “but even if Yucca Mountain were open today, we would still need to look for another permanent repository.”
11 April 2018 Nation Cymru (Wales)
Anti-nuclear organisations launch ‘alliance’ to stop nuclear dumping in Wales
CND Cymru, the NFLA Welsh forum, CADNO, and PAWB are to launch the Welsh Anti-Nuclear Alliance (WANA), which will campaign against new nuclear plants in Wales and any proposed GDF.
11 April 2018 The Independent (South Africa)
Debunking nuclear cost, safety concerns
An interview with the Chair of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation on the country’s nuclear energy plans discusses waste management. South Africa has not yet decided on a permanent disposal plan.
11 April 2018 Manufacturers Monthly (Australia)
New framework to guide management of radioactive waste
The Australian government has issued a new Radioactive Waste Management Framework to guide the principles, policies and institutional arrangements of radioactive waste management in Australia. Minister for Resources Matt Canavan said Australia’s radioactive waste was largely associated with nuclear medicines, needed by an average of one in two Australians in their lifetime, adding: “Radioactive waste is currently stored in more than 100 locations around Australia, and work is underway to establish a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, where it will be consolidated. This framework will clarify governance arrangements and responsibilities, and the core requirements that come with establishment of a facility. Australia has benefitted enormously from our nuclear activities for 70 years, and with those benefits comes the responsibility to manage waste.” The framework is reportedly the first of a series of documents on radioactive waste management expected to be published in 2018.
11 April 2018 Daily Monitor (Uganda)
Act decisively on radioactive waste
Editorial following previous day news story, criticising government for poor management of public concern. The newspaper accepts rationalising the storage of radioactive waste is best way forward, but government have handled issue badly.
10 April 2018 Physorg.com (USA)
Scientific challenges and opportunities for remediating radioactive waste
Review of the science underpinning radioactive waste management to help policymakers and politicians base decisions on hard evidence and scientific analysis.
10 April 2018 Canadian Homesteading
The Nuclear Waste Is Not The Biggest Danger In Front Of The CO2 Waste
Article criticising environmentalists for complaining about nuclear waste and then blocking any attempt to resolve the issue, particularly when radioactive waste is carefully managed — in contrast to the lack of long-term management for other equally or more toxic industrial wastes our society produces.
10 April 2018 Daily Monitor (Uganda)
Mukono rejects radioactive waste site
Report on public concerns about Ugandan government plans to rationalise storage of medical and industrial radioactive waste to one location from the many sites the waste is currently stored.
10 April 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
Las Vegas board to continue fight against Yucca Mountain
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have reaffirmed their commitment to continue lobbying against renewed finding for the Yucca Mountain project.
10 April 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
$2M approved for 33 Kimba projects
More than 30 projects in the Kimba district to share in Aus$4 million from the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Program. Successful projects range from the large (eg a new palliative care wing at Kimba Hospital) to the small (eg air-conditioning in the Kelly Pioneer Memorial Hall). Beneficiaries include local sporting clubs, community organisations, and projects focused on issues such as tourism, health, agriculture and mobile phone coverage. Story also covered in The Transcontinental.
9 April 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
WIPP reinstates Speaker’s Bureau
WIPP employees are being offered to help answer questions from the local community and to inform the public on operations at the site.
9 April 2018 ABC TV KOLO Channel8 News (USA)
Nuclear waste is coming through town, the state is getting local responders ready
Local Nevada TV news report on preparations for transport of radioactive waste from California which will travel across Nevada for processing at a facility in Idaho before being sent back across Nevada for final disposal in the WIPP facility in New Mexico.
9 April 2018 Saudi Gazette (Saudi Arabia)
Saudi Arabia to set up military base, nuclear waste burial site on Salwa border
Report that Saudi Arabia has decided to locate its geological disposal site (for the country’s as-yet unbuilt nuclear reactors) adjoining a military zone close to the Qatari border. Story also covered around the world by media including: Gulf Digital News, Thomson Reuters Zawya, Bloomberg, Daily Sabah, Financial Express, Times of India, Middle East Monitor, Xinhua, South China Morning Post, US News & World Report, Haaretz, Malay Mail, Muslim News, The Independent, Newsweek Magazine, Economic Times, Business Insider, Times of Israel, Fox News Australia, Straits Times
7 April 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
Activists protest Holtech’s proposed nuclear waste storage facility near Carlsbad
First of three public meetings to discuss the proposed temporary interim waste storage facility in New Mexico is covered by the local newspaper. Also covered in Albuquerque Journal, Public News Service, KRQE, New Mexico Political Report, Roswell Daily Record, KOB News4
6 April 2018 Blackburn News (Canada)
Updated Storage Plan For Used Nuclear Fuel
Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) has published its latest 5-year strategic plan for public comment. NWMo is responsible for finding a site and constructing Canada’s GDF. People can comment on the plans until July 20, and next year’s updated plan will reflect those comments. Public comments on last year’s updated plan included concerns about transportation safety and proposed routes, and the training for first responders. The GDF project is expected to create about 1,500 construction jobs and 2,200 operations jobs in the local region.
6 April 2018 Total Slovenia News
Delo claims management dispute at nuclear plant due to attempt to favour Croatian firms
Reported disagreement between Slovenia and Croatia, allegedly because Croatia wants more contracts from any geological repository to be given to Croatian businesses.
6 April 2018 Kenora Online (Canada)
Safety key for nuclear waste group
Local media update on NWMO’s search for a GDF site in the area.
5 April 2018 World Nuclear News
NRC renews contract for waste support centre
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has renewed a contract with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to operate the Centre for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses (CNWRA). The five-yearUS$52 million contract is to provide the NRC with technical assistance and research support for activities related to the storage, transportation, possible reprocessing and ultimate geological disposal of used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
5 April 2018 The Energy Collective
Practical Nuclear Waste Disposal
Philosophy of Science journal reviews history of how nuclear sector and international political community have addressed the issue of permanently disposing of nuclear waste. Accuses politicians of ignoring science and delaying humanity’s attempts to solve the problem.
4 April 2018 Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Britain offers millions in cash to bury its radioactive waste
Report on UK’s public consultation and revised approach to finding a site for its GDF.
2 April 2018 Advanced Science News
Technical and Social Problems of Nuclear Waste
Summary of the state of the scientific and social issues related to geological disposal.
1 April 2018 World Nuclear News
Andra creates underground technical committee
French radioactive waste management agency Andra has announced the creation of its underground technical committee on 28 March. The committee, made up of external experts, will issue opinions and recommendations on Andra’s underground activities, research and studies in relation to the planned geological repository.
1 April 2018 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
$1.3B cleanup of Port Hope finally underway after decades of massive planning
Not a ‘GDF-story’, but a report on the impact of how low-level radioactive waste land remediation is affecting one small Canadian community.
29 March 2018 Power Magazine
Texas Consolidated Nuclear Waste Storage Facility to Be Revived
Trade magazine analyses revived plans for a temporary radioactive waste disposal facility in West Texas.
29 March 2018 KPBS TV (USA)
As San Onofre’s Radioactive Waste Goes Underground, Opponents Search For Alternatives
Detailed analysis at options for permanently disposing of the nuclear waste from the San Onofre nuclear reactor. The local US Congressman Darren Issa said finding an alternative site for the waste is one of his top priorities: “It’s so easy for people to say ‘no’ to a solution and not have an alternative. And in this case, people can feel that a particular site is not good, but if it’s incrementally better than where it is today, then it has to be considered.”
29 March 2018 Environmental Protection magazine
Sandia Details ‘Transport Triathlon’ Results
Further, more detailed report, on collaborative international research into safe transport of nuclear waste.
29 March 2018 US News & World Report
US Nuke Dump Logs 180 Shipments Since Resuming Operations
WIPP, the US’ only geological repository, updates media on operations since its re-opening. Transport of waste from across the US are now at about eight shipments per week. Story also covered in the Seattle Times, Santa Fe New Mexican, KRQE Albuquerque, KOB News4
28 March 2018 The Mainichi (Japan)
Wildlife film festival to screen whaling documentary
The 13th Japan Wildlife Film Festival not only includes a controversial film about Japan’s whaling and dolphin hunting traditions, but will also screen ‘Into Eternity’, the film about the Finnish geological disposal repository.
28 March 2018 Le Monde (France)
“Burying nuclear waste is the worst solution”
Interview with ‘expert’ Bernard Laponche, who claims that the global scientific community have got it wrong, and that scientists must be given more time to research and identify a better alternative to geological disposal. The article requires a subscription payment to be read in full.
28 March 2018 Japan Forward
Pitfalls of Opposition CDP’s ‘Zero Nuclear’ Bill
The main Opposition Party in Japan, the CDP, are tabling a draft bill which would phase out nuclear power within five years. This article analyses perceived strengths and weaknesses of the draft legislation, but makes clear that permanent disposal of radioactive waste remains unchanged regardless of whether Japan continues to use nuclear energy, saying: “there would be little differences between continuing and discontinuing nuclear power generation when it comes to nuclear waste disposal.”
27 March 2018 San Diego Union-Tribune (USA)
Editorial | More unnerving news on San Onofre nuclear waste front
Renewed concern that Yucca Mountain or another geological repository are urgently needed, as a problem is discovered with interim surface waste containers at the San Onofre nuclear facility.
27 March 2018 Brattleboro Reformer (USA)
Companies propose solution for Vermont Yankee spent fuel
The competing private sector proposals to build temporary spent fuel repositories in New Mexico and West Texas are looked at in more detail as a way to solve the interim radioactive waste storage issues as Vermont decommissions the Yankee nuclear reactor. There are concerns that while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission may approve one or both proposed temporary facilities, the Department of Energy may not authorise or allow transport of spent fuel from decommissioned reactors to such temporary facilities.
26 March 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
New nuclear energy and fuel waste storage facilities emerging near Carlsbad?
Report on potential competition between two proposed temporary radioactive waste storage facilities, one near Carlsbad and the other in West Texas.
26 March 2018 FranceTVInfo
Nuclear: Bure, a colossal project at phenomenal cost
French language video article focusing on cost of France’s GDF, concludes final cost can’t be accurately forecast, and claims there is a tension between the government agency delivering the project ANDRA (who are building in safety at a price) and EDF (who want to reduce costs as much as possible).
26 March 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Nuclear agency visits Kimba
Report on a visit by nuclear regulators to Kimba to explain to residents the role of the regulator in independently reviewing safety and other plans for any proposed nuclear facility.
26 March 2018 The Philadelphia Inquirer (USA)
Dangerous nuclear waste in Pa. and N.J. should be stored more safely
Feature article on how state legislators are stepping in to raise safety standards for surface storage of radioactive waste above the levels required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
26 March 2018 EuroNews (Hungary)
Greenpeace Hungary’s floating protest against nuclear power plant
Protest calling for shutdown of Hungary’s nuclear programme because the Hungarian government has not yet found a permanent solution for disposing of nuclear waste.
25 March 2018 ABC Radio (Australia)
Keep Bre Nuclear Free
13 minute podcast with aboriginal leaders of a local New South Wales campaign opposed to the potential siting of a radioactive waste repository.
24 March 2018 Facts Week
Radioactive Waste Management Market 2018- Driven by Increasing Stringent Government Regulations Especially For Long-Term Waste Management Solution
Report on a commercially-provided analysis of global trends in the radioactive waste management market.
23 March 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Senate inquiry submissions close soon
Reminder that people have until April 3 to make a submission into the Australian senate inquiry into the site selection for the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in Kimba and Hawker.
23 March 2018 Blackburn News (Canada)
OPG Continues Talks About Nuclear Waste Site
Talks between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation on a planned permanent nuclear waste storage site in Kincardine could take two years. The planned geological repository is for low-level waste, and is not part of Canada’s search for a site for a GDF for their high-level waste. Local opponents to the Kincardine scheme argue that low-level waste does not need burying deep underground.
23 March 2018 Dallas News (USA)
This Dallas company wants the feds to bury nuclear waste in West Texas
Further reporting on the US-French joint venture seeking regulatory approval to develop plans for a temporary storage facility for waste destined for the stalled Yucca Mountain geological repository. Benefits and jobs for the local Texas economy are noted, but some people worried the ‘temporary’ site may become permanent by accident.
23 March 2018 ABC News (Australia)
SA Government indicates support for nuclear waste dump as communities remain split about proposal
Following State elections, local political support continues for federal plan to locate a low-level waste facility. Article reviews differing public opinions within the affected local communities. Story even gets covered by online news outlet in India
22 March 2018 NBC TV News Las Vegas (USA)
Pahrump officials want Yucca discussion to move forward
Report on potential economic boom for community hosting the Yucca Mountain project — engineering equivalent to building the Hoover Dam, jobs for over 120 years. Local museum curator says: “We feel like it’s our obligation to the citizens of Nye County, to help them have the facts, not the fear-mongering.”
22 March 2018 Daily Energy Insider (USA)
Sen. Heller urges Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee not to fund Yucca Mountain
Nevada Senator writes to the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee urging them not to fund the Trump Administration’s request for $120 million to restart the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, saying: “I firmly believe consent-based siting presents a viable path forward on this issue and a means of addressing our nation’s high-level nuclear waste problem while at the same time respecting the sovereignty of states to object to becoming dumping sites. The proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain presents a very different path, however. Indeed, this project represents the exact opposite of consent; it is a unilaterally imposed federal mandate that runs contrary to the will of the people that it directly affects.”
22 March 2018 Northern Echo (UK)
No plans for a nuclear waste site – Government assures Stockton North MP
Responding to a question put to the Prime Minister by a Member of Parliament, UK Government confirms community consent required before a geological disposal facility can be built.
22 March 2018 Washington Examiner (USA)
John McCain tells energy chief Rick Perry lawmakers will help him ‘correct course’ on waste
For first time in over 10 years, US Senate Armed Services Committee grills a US Energy Secretary over the management of defence-related radioactive waste. Committee Chairman John McCain said the Energy Department’s (DoE) defence programmes, including the cleanup of nuclear waste, have gone without sufficient oversight. He claimed the the DoE had run up a long list of cost overruns, schedule delays, and violations of safety and security, saying: “Put simply, they have all too often failed to meet mission requirements.” McCain said the Armed Services Committee will begin the oversight necessary to help the DoE “correct course.”
21 March 2018 Post Register (USA)
DOE weighs bringing Washington waste to Idaho
US Energy Department considering keeping open a nuclear waste treatment facility in Idaho. The facility packs waste in preparation for disposal at the US’s WIPP geological repository. It is due for closure next year, with the loss of 700 skilled jobs. The facility also houses specialised equipment purchased by the taxpayer. Local environmentalists concerned about the proposal, while cautious State officials want to explore economic and environmental impacts before making a decision.
21 March 2018 Iowa Now
University of Iowa establishes research group on nuclear energy and waste
Article emphasising that the longer politicians defer decisions on radioactive waste disposal the greater the need to train a new generation of scientists with the skills which will be required once we do start disposing of the waste. Young students see the work as part of a “global effort” to resolve the long-term issue of safe nuclear waste disposal. Also covered by local media, eg ABC Channel 9 News
21 March 2018 KKOH Talk Radio (USA)
Heller Says He Stopped Senate From Funding Nuclear Dump Jumpstart
US Senator for Nevada reveals key Senate committee has not included Yucca Mountain funding in its budget proposals, and that therefore Department of Energy’s funding request will fall. Budget/funding story also covered in Las Vegas Review-Journal, CBS Channel2 News, US News & World Report, Las Vegas Review-Journal, World Nuclear News, Newburgh Gazette, Las Vegas Sun, Washington Post, Buffalo News, E&E News, Nevada Independent
21 March 2018 Nuclear Energy Insider (UK)
UK deep waste developer must expand industry talks to avoid delays
Trade media report on UK’s geological disposal plans and the UK’s two current public consultations.
21 March 2018 Carlsbad Current Argus (USA)
Letter from one resident correcting statements made by an anti-nuclear activist at a public meeting to discuss whether the local WIPP facility should also accept plutonium for disposal. Letter writer wonders why anti-nuclear activists do not support actions that reduce the possibility of the plutonium being used for nuclear weapons, preferring to fight against the safe and permanent disposal of the material.
21 March 2018 E&E Daily (USA)
NRC commissioners outline plans for waste work
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission questioned by Congress over whether it still has skills to manage a renewed assessment of the Yucca Mountain site. NRC acknowledged loss of expertise through retirements since programme shut down in 2011, but confident it could progress work with current staff. Stalled project blamed by Congressmen on failure of political leadership.
20 March 2018 Daily Energy Insider
Sandia conducts 14,500 mile test to gauge the safety of transporting spent nuclear fuel
To better understand risks and to demonstrate how spent nuclear fuel can be transported safely, an international consortia of scientists (from Spain, Korea and USA) have completed a 14,500-mile trek to gather data on the bumps and jolts spent nuclear fuel experiences during transportation. Story also covered in Engineering magazine.
20 March 2018 Radio France International
French nuclear-waste protesters jailed
Sentencing of the first of several protestors who were arrested during the recent disturbances in Bure close to the proposed site of France’s GDF.
20 March 2018 Bloomberg News
This Father-Daughter Team Says It Has a Cheaper, Safer Way to Bury Nuclear Waste
Proposal to bury waste in shale gas deposits from a father and daughter team attracts widespread media attention, including: Digital Journal, OZY.com. The father-daughter team have also produced a video to support their proposals.
19 March 2018 EnergyWire (USA)
Joint venture aims to renew West Texas waste plan
Update on plans tabled by Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists LLC for a possible consolidated interim storage facility in Andrews County, Texas, for used nuclear fuel.
19 March 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Kimba council makes nuclear inquiry submission
Local Council’s response to the Australian Senate inquiry into the selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in South Australia is likely to say that the local community should take the final decision rather than the federal or state governments or electorates.
19 March 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
Nevada senators fight Yucca Mountain restart on two fronts
Further reporting on efforts of Nevada Senators to block funding for Yucca Mountain project.
17 March 2018 Yahoo! News
New Mexico nuke repository studied for plutonium storage
US Department of Energy has commissioned a national group of scientists to study the viability of permanently storing plutonium at the WIPP repository in Carlsbad New Mexico. Local politician Cathrynn Brown said the Carlsbad community was supportive of the repository and was confident moving and storing plutonium could be done safely, saying: “We are a consenting community. People are not afraid to ask questions. We are one of the few communities that accepted a project like this. If it’s not safe, we don’t want it.”
17 March 2018 IntelliNews (Macedonia)
Macedonia looks to dispose of radioactive medical waste “time bomb” stored in downtown Skopje
Macedonia has no solution for waste medical isotopes stored at hospital oncology department.
17 March 2018 The Guardian (UK)
Is Fukushima doomed to become a dumping ground for toxic waste?
Speculative article that suggests the difficulty in remediating land around the Fukushima plant and re-opening the area to human habitation may make it easier for Japanese authorities to propose locating a geological disposal facility there.
16 March 2018 Business Insider
US and French companies form venture for nuke waste storage
Joint venture to build an interim storage site in West Texas for high-level nuclear waste, competing with Holtec’s proposed temporary facility in New Mexico. The move is a response to the debate over what to do with spent fuel generated by the US’ nuclear power plants. Federal officials have long acknowledged that the future of nuclear energy depends on the ability to manage and dispose of used fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The Energy Department announced in 2015 that it would begin identifying possible locations for interim storage sites as part of its plan to spur the use of nuclear power and develop the transportation and storage infrastructure needed to manage the waste. Given the impasse over a permanent waste facility at Yucca, industry officials have said that temporary storage is needed because the licensing process for Yucca Mountain will take years. Story also covered by local Texas media 12WBOY, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, San Luis Obispo Tribune, My San Antonio.com, Tri-City Herald, NBC NewsWest9, Santa Fe New Mexican, CBS News7
16 March 2018 Albuquerque Journal (USA)
Plan to store spent nuclear fuel rods in NM
More detailed local media analysis of Holtec’s plan to build a temporary waste fuel facility in New Mexico.
16 March 2018 Ripon Advance (USA)
Shimkus leads colleagues in funding push for permanent national nuclear waste solution
Further reporting on Congressional discussions over funding Yucca Mountain project.
16 March 2018 E&E News (USA)
Perry won’t budge on nuclear waste project
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry Perry reiterated his support for the contentious proposed nuclear waste repository in Nevada at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing yesterday as he answered questions about DOE’s fiscal 2019 budget. He recognised that while there was bipartisan support within the House, there were political issues in the Senate, and the funding decision was ultimately in the hands of Congress.
16 March 2018 CNN
Political mavericks shake South Australia out of its two-party torpor
Report on the upcoming South Australia State elections gives significant prominence to the debate about hosting a geological disposal facility.
15 March 2018 Nevada Independent (USA)
Heller’s best move on Yucca may be his tough re-election
A Republican US Senator who supports funding further research of the Yucca Mountain site believes funding will be denied because the Republican leadership fear losing the Nevada Senate seat during this year’s midterm elections.
14 March 2018 Las Vegas Sun (USA)
EDITORIAL: Building a nuclear waste dump in Nevada is still the wrong thing to do
Editorial expressing ongoing concerns about geological safety at the Yucca Mountain site, and supporting recommendations of a previous Blue Ribbon Commission that the site for a repository be based on the consent of the local people.
13 March 2018 Washington Examiner (USA)
The quiet fight to finally send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain
Rep. John Shimkus’s attempts to secure funding to renew the Yucca Mountain project. “Part of the main contention of Nevadans is the science is not sound,” Shimkus says. “This money complies with the law. It says, let’s have the debate. If opponents are right on the science, then Yucca can’t happen.”
13 March 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)
Private Yucca meeting upsets Nevada officials
Row erupts as Nevada state officials (who oppose Yucca Mountain waste facility proposal) find out that local Yucca Mountain community leaders (who support the proposal) met US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman. Story also reported on E&E News. GDFWatch also comment on story.
12 March 2018 Brussels Times (Belgium)
Ondraf supports passive burial of highly radioactive waste
The Director General of Belgium’s National Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials (Ondraf) defended its support for geological disposal as the organisation released further details of the proposed process for finding a site. Marc Demarche said: “The planning is subject to caution. [Geological disposal] is considered the only safe option at the international level. The evolution of society and climate change in the next 100 years [means] only the subsurface guarantees safety.”
12 March 2018 San Diego Union-Tribune (USA)
Editorial | Three ways beyond his border wall prototypes Trump can really help California
Reviving Yucca Mountain geological repository so that waste in interim surface facilities in Southern California can be permanently removed is cited as one of the three most important things President Trump can do to help California.
12 March 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
New York Times features Kimba nuclear debate
Local newspaper reports that their town has made international news with the New York Times reporting on the public consultation taking place about hosting a nuclear waste facility. Local Mayor Dean Johnson disappointed the article focused on division in the town and reporting that friends were refusing to speak to each other, saying: “It’s a scenario that only exists in the copy of metropolitan media outlets. The reality is that we may get the facility and we may not but no one is forcing it.”
12 March 2018 E&E Daily (USA)
Leaders aim to finalize omnibus this week
Report on US House of Representatives negotiations to finalise a budget notes that while the House supports funding the Yucca Mountain project, they may drop the proposal because they do not believe the Senate will approve any funding for Yucca.
11 March 2018 Focus Taiwan
Authorities say energy policies are in line with public demand
To coincide with the annual anti-nuclear march, the Energy Department updated on its plans and on pending legislation related to nuclear waste management. Although following a nuclear-free future, Taiwan is seeking a geological repository for its legacy waste.
9 March 2018 Tri-City Herald (USA)
New Mexico supportive of storing used nuclear fuel
More detailed report on the plans and local community support for the proposed private sector disposal facility which has cleared its first regulatory hurdle.
8 March 2018 Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Cash for nuclear waste
Audio podcast with Cumbrian resident reviewing community reaction during last site search process, and Prof Neill Hyatt explaining the science behind geological disposal.
8 March 2018 San Diego Union Tribune (USA)
Editorial | Should San Onofre nuclear waste go to Nevada or New Mexico? Yes, but …
Newspaper editorial supports geological disposal, recognising that the private sector proposal for a site in New Mexico at least has local support because of the economic advantages, whereas Yucca is stalled in local political dispute.
8 March 2018 Utility Dive (USA)
Goodbye Yucca? NRC to review New Mexico nuclear waste storage proposal
Industry media outlet also thinks local support for the New Mexico plans may make it a better option to pursue given the political contentiousness of the Yucca Mountain plan.
8 March 2018 Deutsche Welle (Germany)
The tiny village leading France’s anti-nuclear movement
Long article examining the local debate and opposition surrounding the proposed Bure site of France’s GDF.
7 March 2018 The Transcontinental (Australia)
Protesters unite against nuclear waste in Port Augusta
Local newspaper report on the South Australia state election campaign, in which the revived idea of a geological disposal facility has become an election issue.
7 March 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
WIPP: Volume tracking adjustment could ensure plant’s future
The geological disposal facility is seeking a permit to increase its capacity/lifetime by changing the way in which waste volumes are calculated. Under the proposed new system the facility would only be considered 30% full, rather than the 50% capacity it is currently assessed to be. Coverage also in US News, KCBD NBC News Texas, Seattle Times, Santa Fe New Mexican, KOB4 New Mexico, Albuquerque Journal, Roswell Daily Record
7 March 2018 New York Times
A Farming Town Divided: Do We Want a Nuclear Site that Brings Jobs?
NY Times reports on the discussions and divides in an Australian community over whether to host a nuclear waste facility.
7 March 2018 Daily Signal (USA)
Now Is Congress’ Prime Opportunity to Act on Nuclear Waste
Think tank The Heritage Foundation blames US Congress for failures to progress geological disposal of nuclear waste. They say Congress must now at least provide enough funding to complete the Yucca Mountain permit review, arguing the review does not commit Congress to building the facility. It merely empowers Congress, the administration, the state of Nevada, and the nuclear industry to make informed decisions about how to proceed. They quote from Monday’s Congressional debate: “political science has deprived the public of the actual science”, and urge Congress to let the scientific discussion be had. The Foundation’s viewpoint also carried by CNS News
7 March 2018 The Mainichi (Japan)
Kobe Steel also falsified data on analyses of burying radioactive waste
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) had sought analysis and advice on the corrosion of metal used for cladding tubes and containers for spent nuclear fuel in a geological disposal facility, and subcontracted Kobe Steel to do the work. Having reviewed the information provided by Kobe Steel, JAEA concluded data had been forged, falsified or was flawed in some way. Kobe have apologised and will re-do the work.
7 March 2018 ISPRA (Italy)
Italy’s Radioactive Waste Management Organisation, ISPRA, has submitted revised plans for its geological disposal project to the Italian Government.
6 March 2018 Bloomberg News (USA)
Congress Poised to Skip Funding Yucca Nuke Dump Again This Year
Bloomberg reports that Rep Mike Simpson, chairman of the House subcommittee charged with writing the Energy Department’s spending plan, doubts that Yucca Mountain funding will be approved this year, given other priorities and the need to find savings from President Trump’s initial budget. Washington DC-based E&E Daily reports same.
6 March 2018 Reno Gazette-Journal (USA)
Majority of Nevadans want to consider nuclear waste repository: Schinhofen
Local community leader points to the newspaper’s own poll (as highlighted by GDFWatch!), and challenges local media and politicians to soften their opposition and recognise public support for further assessing the Yucca Mountain proposals.
6 March 2018 Forbes Magazine
Will We Actually Get A Place To Store Our Nuclear Waste?
Further media analysis of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) decision to proceed with investigations into a private sector proposed temporary geological repository in New Mexico. Article notes the proposal has the enthusiastic support of local communities in southeastern New Mexico, including the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance and the state’s Governor Susana Martinez.
6 March 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
New insights for Kimba delegation
Local residents have been taken to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) stores of low and intermediate level radioactive waste, to see Australia’s nuclear technology and radioactive waste management expertise. One resident, Austen Eatts is opposed to the proposed Kimba facility but was pleased to see the campus, saying: “I have always had a reasonable idea of what happens at ANSTO regarding medicine and industry and what they are doing there is very good actually. The waste has to be put somewhere. I am still of two minds about whether it should be located in Kimba but I found the trip very informative.”
5 March 2018 Nevada Independent (USA)
Shimkus, House proponents call for passage of Yucca bill
Report on a Congressional debate in support of a bipartisan bill to be introduced into US House of Representatives calling for the Yucca Mountain repository programme to be progressed. Representatives complained that US$40bn had been paid by taxpayers to deliver Yucca, but nothing has happened. Story also covered in Las Vegas Review-Journal, NBC News Oregon, News21 Oregon, KPBS San Diego, The Ripon Advance
4 March 2018 Focus Taiwan
Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council (AEC) has instructed the country’s main power supplier to consult with residents on any plans to build a nuclear waste facility in their neighbourhood. The state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) is also required to look at all areas in Taiwan, including the outlying islands, and not limit its options to scantly populated areas or uninhabited islands. A decision is expected by the end of the year on potential sites for this additional interim surface storage facility, pending the outcome of continuing work on Taiwan’s geological disposal facility. Story also carried in Taipei Times.
4 March 2018 Radio France International
Police and protesters clash at French nuclear waste site
Further coverage of the clash between French police and protestors at the Bure site of the French GDF. Also coverage on Al-Jazeera.
3 March 2018 Agence France Presse
AFP report on clashes between protestors and police near the Bure site for the proposed French GDF carried in media as far away as Uganda and Singapore. Police had removed protestors from a camp ten days ago (see stories below), to clear the area ahead of exploratory borehole drilling by ANDRA, France’s radioactive waste agency. The media report that a peaceful protest of about 300 people turned violent with the arrival of a small group of masked protestors, resulting in French police using tear gas.
2 March 2018 ABC TV News (USA)
Proposal Advances To Store Nuclear Waste In New Mexico
A private sector proposal for a temporary geological repository has passed it’s initial approval from federal regulators. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Holtec International’s plan can now be vetted for detailed safety, security and environmental concerns. The plans face local public and political opposition. Story also covered by Fox Business News, US News, Daily Mail Online, KRWG TV New Mexico, The Hill, Sante Fe New Mexican, Los Alamos Monitor, Barchart.com, Roswell Daily Record and The Olympian.
2 March 2018 National Resource Defence Council (USA)
Nuclear Waste Survey
A survey of US state officials responsible for radioactive waste management shows that a large majority believe they should have additional regulatory authority over nuclear waste storage and disposal, similar to the authority states already have over other hazardous industrial wastes. However there was no agreement and diverse opinions on issues such as: whether new standards for nuclear waste disposal sites are needed before the siting process for geologic repositories proceeds, or if federal legislation is needed to help define consent before a state can engage in siting of nuclear waste projects.
1 March 2018 Reno Gazette Journal (USA)
Nevada, keep up the fight against nuclear waste
In an editorial the newspaper urges local political leaders to resist the Yucca Mountain proposal. The paper runs an online poll, in which, contrary to the paper’s editorial position, 52% of respondents say either the repository would be good for Nevada’s economy, should be hosted for national security reasons, or should be hosted if a better economic deal was negotiated.
1 March 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
South end of WIPP to be sealed. But how?
A 60-day local public consultation process has started on revised proposals for sealing off the part of the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) underground facility where radioactivity leaked from a faulty package in 2014.
28 February 2018 Olean Times Herald (USA)
Meeting Thursday will detail next steps for West Valley nuclear cleanup
Local newspaper report on a community coalition that is willing to wait for a national permanent nuclear waste disposal site, but wants to ensure interim surface storage facilities are safe.
27 February 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal
Panel takes preliminary step in process to revive Yucca Mountain
Despite funding not yet being approved, a federal panel has convened to receive input on reconstructing an electronic library for documents needed to rule on the US Energy Department’s application for a license to build a repository for nuclear waste from power plants. Story also covered by the Washington Examiner and Nevada Public Radio.
27 February 2018 Climate News Network
Nuclear waste mountains just go on growing
Article reviews international plans and slow progress for finding sites to dispose of radioactive waste. Item recognises geological disposal as the preferred solution, but says politicians should stop building new nuclear facilities when there is still no solution actually available.
26 February 2018 World Nuclear News
UK nuclear laboratory to review Canadian research
UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has been contracted by Canada’s National Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) to carry out an expert peer review of NWMO’s work on the potential for corrosion of the copper-clad canisters to be used to store radioactive waste destined for geological disposal.
26 February 2018 NewsCom (Australia)
Cory Bernardi says a nuclear power dump could make us the ‘Saudi Arabia of the south’
Further coverage of the South Australia election campaign, and the proposed repository in that debate. Also picked up by the Daily Mail Online (UK/International), FiveAA Talk Radio (Australia), and InDaily (Australia)
24 February 2018 Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
EDITORIAL: Opposition CDP’s zero nuclear bill merits earnest debate in Diet
Leading national newspaper editorial welcomes draft legislation to phase out nuclear power being proposed by Japan’s main opposition, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. Although broadly supporting the draft legislation’s ambitions, and calling the draft bill a “direct challenge to the Abe administration”, the editorial says further policy analysis is required to explain how radioactive waste would be dealt with in future.
24 February 2018 SBS News (Australia)
Conservatives revive nuke dump plan for SA
Revival of the plans to build a repository to support creation of a $400bn state wealth fund have become a key feature in the South Australia state election debate. Story also covered in other Australian media, ABC News, The New Daily, 9News. Also covered in the UK’s Guardian newspaper.
23 February 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
Officials working to fix SE NM highways as deaths continue
WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) is appreciated locally for taking a lead in bringing organisations together to sort out the area’s road infrastructure issues.
22 February 2018 Reno News & Review (USA)
Infrastructure: Fed money comes in low
Yucca Mountain project discussed within context of President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan and budget. Article notes that other states keen to develop the repository in Nevada, best summarised by one quote: “Considering that more than 160 million Americans reside within 75 miles of a nuclear waste site, a repository in a remote part of Nevada is a preferable alternative.” But points out that far from accepting that point of view, Nevada politicians have redoubled their opposition efforts.
Those efforts picked up in an article from The Nevada Independent, which reports on a planned meeting next week between President Trump and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. Though the primary purpose of that meeting is to discuss gun crime in schools, in Sandoval’s role as Chair of the National Governor’s Association.
22 February 2018 Radio France International
Police remove protesters from proposed nuclear landfill site
Report on a surprise move by French police to remove protestors from the French GDF site in Bure. Also reported by Reuters, Business Insider (UK), Gulf Times (Qatar), Xinhua (China), Daily Telegraph (UK), Daily Express (UK), The Times (UK) and Sputnik International (Russia).
22 February 2018 New Times (USA)
A pact with the devil
Opinion piece concerned that there is a lack of urgency in finding a site for the permanent disposal of radioactive waste. The article is critical of a well-intentioned but flawed bipartisan bill passing through the US House of Representatives which would allow the creation of multiple interim surface storage facilities. The bill is opposed by the Union of Concerned Scientists and environmentalists, who want the federal government to proceed with greater urgency in opening a deep geological repository.
21 February 2018 NHK (Japan)
Briefing sessions on nuclear waste resumed
The Japanese Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NUMO) have resumed their public engagement workshops to inform people about the process for finding a site for a deep geological repository (aka GDF). The process was suspended at the end of last year when it emerged that the independent facilitator appointed by NUMO had been paying students to attend. While no impropriety was suggested, it was the potential perception of such payments that forced NUMO to suspend the workshop programme and bring their management in-house.
21 February 2018 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Kimba residents to be involved with nuclear economic investigation
Although the project is for a low-level waste facility (not a GDF), the issues, community concerns, and Government approach to engaging people offer an insight into how a GDF process might progress. This latest news about the Kimba project is the invitation to local residents who’d like to become a member of an Economic Working Group that would look at how the economic benefits might be maximised.
20 February 2018 Dutch News
Costs to clean up Petten nuclear plant escalate
The Dutch Government have approved additional €117m budget to move waste from the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ERN) at Petten to Holland’s central interim storage facility. ERN currently supplies 60% of European demand for medical radio isotopes used to treat cancer and heart disease.
17 February 2018 The Herald (UK)
Harwell science campus plans to triple in size ‘in next 15 years’
RWM, the UK’s GDF delivery body, are based on the Harwell science campus. The campus has grown as the site’s previous nuclear facilities are decommissioned and the land safely returned to public use. The Harwell Campus Partnership are planning a major expansion to attract world-leading companies in the hi-tech manufacturing, space, healthcare and energy sectors. Surrounded by, but not encroaching upon an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the campus is a showcase for how radioactive waste management and nuclear decommissioning activity can be a catalyst for attracting new, additional investment and jobs.
17 February 2018 Santa Fe New Mexican (USA)
WIPP could get $79M budget increase under Trump’s DOE funding proposal
More money to support the WIPP facility pending a longer-term permanent solution for finding a site for the disposal of radioactive waste. Also reported in Carlsbad Current-Argus.
16 February 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
US Energy Secretary visits the WIPP facility and speaks to staff (see this short video), saying that their important work keeps America safe and helps drive new economic opportunities.
16 February 2018 Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
All utilities lack disposal sites for low-level waste from reactors
Fears that because local governments will not approve disposal sites even for low-level waste may mean that decommissioning plans for existing nuclear sites may be delayed.
16 February 2018 ABC News (Australia)
Locals outraged as planning for nuclear waste facility in outback SA goes ahead
Public concerns about low-level waste repository discussions in South Australia.
15 February 2018 The Columbian (Canada)
In Our View: Mixed Signals on Hanford
Concern in Canada about reduced funding for cleaning-up US’ Hanford nuclear site, but welcoming the proposal to fund Yucca Mountain repository, saying: “Numerous studies over the decades — more than $15 billion has been spent on reports and development — have indicated that Yucca Mountain will provide the safest possible storage of the nation’s radioactive waste. Considering that more than 160 million Americans reside within 75 miles of a nuclear waste site, a repository in a remote part of Nevada is a preferable alternative.”
15 February 2018 Swiss Info
Subterranean 3D model to help Swiss planning
The Swiss Federal Office of Topography has unveiled a newly-developed 3D model of the geological features of Switzerland. Developed in collaboration with local cantons, universities, and energy advocate groups, the tool is designed to help in the exploration and exploitation of raw mineral materials, harnessing geothermal heat, as well as planning the underground disposal of radioactive waste.
15 February 2018 Bayshore Broadcasting (Canada)
Area Communities Line Up For Cheques
A renegotiated deal will allow funding to be brought forward for communities involved in Canada’s search for a GDF site. It means 50% of the money that has been held in trust since 2015 will now flow to Kincardine as a host community, and to four surrounding municipalities totalling about two million (canadian) dollars.
15 February 2018 Ceramic
Journal of the American Ceramic Society carries feature on solidifying (“vitrifying”) nuclear waste, and the role of ceramics in the process.
14 February 2018 Elliot Lake Today (Canada)
$600,000 contribution to fund community well-being
Local council involved in search for a GDF site, allocate money received from the National Waste Management Organisation to a fund for community wellbeing.
13 February 2018 Yucca Mountain — USA’s proposed repository
We have published an article summarising the political reaction in America to yesterday’s announcement, but you can read individual national, local and trade media reports below, and the subsequent updates to the story:
12 February 2018 Independent Balkan News Agency
Croatia’s intention to build a nuclear waste landfill causes the ire of BiH
Croatia’s plan to build a GDF close to the borders with Bosnia Herzegovina and Republika Srpksa are causing concerns for their neighbours. They claim the selected region is not geologically suitable, but Croatia claim, following geological investigation, that the area is suitable geologically.
11 February 2018 KBS Radio (Korea)
‘Pohang Quake had No Impact on Safety of Nuclear Reactors’
South Korea’s nuclear safety commission says that an earthquake that hit the southeastern city of Pohang early Sunday had no impact on the safety of the nation’s 25 nuclear power plants or its radioactive waste disposal facilities. However, the commission announced that they will be conducting emergency safety checkups on the country’s nuclear power and radioactive waste disposal facilities.
11 February 2018 Las Vegas Sun
OPINION: Nevada has been blasted enough
Concern that President Trumps’ desire to develop new nuclear weapons will lead to Nevada being a test zone again, as well as hosting a waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
10 February 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
After crashes on U.S. 285, New Mexico residents at odds with officials over road repairs
Long, detailed analysis of the deteriorating roads around Carlsbad, caused by significant increase in heavy commercial vehicles, linked to rise in automobile accident deaths. The Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), the US’ interim GDF, singled out for praise by unilaterally taking responsible action to alleviate the problem.
The local newspaper says WIPP drivers have driven more than 14 million miles without incident since the underground repository opened in 1999, and the US Department of Energy monitors shipments via satellite to ensure traffic laws are obeyed. It reports that Nuclear Waste Partnership, which oversees WIPP’s daily operations, recently started its Roadway Safety Integrated Project, aimed at bringing together experts from around New Mexico to meet and discuss solutions to the danger, hosting a public meeting in January and planning another in February. A spokesman is quoted saying: “As part of our safety culture, we remind our employees of their responsibility to be safe drivers.”
10 February 2018 BBC (Northern Ireland)
In a weekly review of local newspapers in N Ireland, BBC News Online says that “Nuclear community fund offer is a ‘bribe'” is an unexpected headline in the Newry Democrat. BBC reports that the story is a local councillor’s reaction to the BEIS consultations. The BBC concludes from his comments that “it is pretty safe to say that Cllr Michael Carr will not be accepting such a facility in the Warrenpoint area.”
7 February 2018 News & Star (UK)
First batch of boxes to store nuclear waste
Local media report (with video) on newly-developed specialised ‘GDF-ready’ containers that will hold radioactive waste from Sellafield destined for geological disposal. It is expected that 15,000 of the 1.3 ton packages will be required. Similar story in Cumbria Crack.
7 February 2018 The Times (UK)
Apprentices will get a place at Cambridge University
Article on how Cambridge University is also now providing vocational/technical courses mentions. Specific reference to the GDF within skills demand in the nuclear sector, particularly in radioactive waste management: About 1,000 students will start higher and degree apprenticeship courses this September at the National College for Nuclear … one of the courses on offer at the college is a degree in decommission and waste management.
6 February 2018 Forbes Magazine
Spent Fuel Storage Still A Hot Topic In California’s Coastal Communities
Report on the furore over the need to still be holding radioactive waste in local interim surface facilities because permanent geological disposal. Local US Congressman David Victor quoted as saying: “In my view, there is a vocal minority that seems opposed to anything, with the result that there aren’t really practical strategies they are advancing. But the vast majority of the people are lined up around the same mission, which is safely moving the spent fuel into the storage canisters and then getting those out of here as soon as possible.”
6 February 2018 Elliot Lake Today (Canada)
NWMO report explains Elliot Lake’s removal from nuclear repository plan
Local paper report on Canada’s National Waste Management Organisation’s (NWMO) reasons for no longer involving that community in the search for a site for a GDF. Geological complexity, difficult access because of the terrain, and “low potential to develop the breadth of community partnerships needed to implement the project” were the reasons cited.
5 February 2018 Focus Taiwan
Taipower looking for places with granite to dispose of nuclear fuel
Report on announcement on Taiwan’s plans for geological disposal of radioactive waste.
4 February 2018 ABC Channel 8 News (USA)
Gubernatorial candidate calling for lawmakers to go against feds on Nuclear Agreement
Continued Federal Government failure to tackle interim surface waste facilities becomes an issue in Idaho Governor election.
4 February 2018 Taipei Times (Taiwan)
Nuclear fund to swell by NT$100bn
Following requests by local residents, the Taiwan’s power company, Taipower, has merged its nuclear decommissioning fund with its budget for making community payments.
2 February 2018 USA Today
Nation’s oldest nuke plant to close ahead of schedule
Report on the impact of decommissioning and closing Oyster Creek nuclear plant on the local economy. The plant has generated annual tax income of US$13m, and estimated annual contribution of US$80m to the wider local economy. Despite reservations of some residents, Mayor Nicholas Juliano believes continued on-site surface storage after closure will still bring income into the municipality. Article contains a video from a public forum to discuss how community manages loss of jobs and income resulting from site closure.
1 February 2018 World Nuclear News
US commissioners call for action on used fuel
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) claims the Federal Government’s failure to progress the Yucca Mountain project has resulted in more than $5 billion in court settlements, which could reach more than $29 billion by 2022, and cost up to $500 million annually after 2022. They urge Congress to pass funding for next phase of technical studies. Story also carried in Daily Energy Insider.
1 February 2018 Daily Post (Wales)
Nuclear station chiefs happy to have radioactive waste buried under their homes
Incredulous anti-nuclear campaigner can’t believe that senior nuclear managers would be happy to have waste stored beneath their homes.
31 January 2018 The Hill (USA)
A pro-science approach to Yucca Mountain appropriations
A plea for Congress to release funds to move the Yucca project forward. The article notes that such funding wouldn’t actually commit anyone to the project, but it would allow technical assessments to be made that would help inform a scientific-based decision on whether the project was actually feasible. The article also notes that Congress previously planned to allow citizens’ voices to be heard, and approving funding would give those opinions a formal hearing. It quotes the Chairman of the Senate’s Appropriations: “I encourage citizens to carefully review this proposal and weigh in … to ensure that regulations like this one are based on sound science, consider economic impacts, and demonstrate common sense.”
31 January 2018 Middlesbrough Gazette (UK)
‘We will not tolerate storing nuclear waste in Billingham’s ICI mines,’ says MP
Local MP seeks reassurances that disused mine will not form part of UK Govt’s search for a GDF site.
31 January 2018 No2NuclearPower (UK)
UK Government starts its sixth search for a nuclear waste dump site in 42 years.
A comprehensive analysis of the UK Government’s announcement of public consultations, and subsequent media reports. The article remains sceptical about the need for geological disposal, concerned that UK Government and nuclear sector have not taken note of last week’s Swedish Environmental Court ruling, and doubtful that this search for a site will be any more successful than previous attempts.
30 January 2018 Newry Times (Northern Ireland)
‘Ireland won’t be Britain’s nuclear dumping ground’
Report on Sinn Fein’s response to the UK Government’s consultations on siting a Geological Disposal Facility.
29 January 2018 Yorkshire Post (UK)
Time to engineer career changes for women
Article on need for more diversity in the engineering sector, mentioning safe disposal of radioactive waste as one of the expanding and interesting career options for young women and young people from ethnic communities. In UK, engineering workforce is currently 94% white and 91% male!
27 January 2018 Las Vegas Sun
In D.C., Goodman highlights dangers of transporting nuclear waste
At a conference of US Mayors, Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman expressed concern about state of US transport infrastructure and risks of transporting nuclear waste from across the country for disposal at Yucca Mountain. Her speech part of a Nevada campaign against the project.
26 January 2018 Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada raises new concerns about Yucca Mountain licensing plan
State submits new evidence to US House of Representatives, as local concern rises that Federal Government will force progress on Yucca Mountain geological disposal project. Report notes that host community, Nye County, supports the project despite State-level representatives opposition.
25 January 2018 Media coverage of UK Govt GDF plans
Given the amount of coverage, we have compiled a separate list of UK media stories covering the UK Government’s announcement of two public consultations, the next phase in the UK’s GDF programme. The news was also reported as far afield in Australia (by Yahoo! News and by News Corp Australia) and by an international online news service Kaplan Herald.
25 January 2018 All Africa (South Africa)
Why Decommissioning South Africa’s Koeberg Nuclear Plant Won’t Be Easy
Analysis of decommissioning the site, which worries about long-term waste management and interim surface storage but fails to mention geological disposal plans.
25 January 2018 Greenwire (USA)
Yucca Mountain boosters fault ‘do-nothing’ DOE
Backers of the Yucca Mountain project reportedly losing patience with the Energy Department and raising concerns that Energy Secretary Rick Perry is already losing interest.
Conflicting views on the announcements by the Swedish Nuclear Regulator and the Land and Environment Court regarding the Swedish GDF. WNN report approval, whereas Reuters notes ‘disagreement’ between the two regulatory authorities. Pending more detailed statements from all the relevant players once they have digested the outputs from each Regulator, it would seem that both the Regulators were generally satisfied, but that the Court wanted more information on copper canister corrosion — see GDFWatch’s initial summary.
22 January 2018 Manila Times (Philippines)
Nuclear power: Clean and deadly
Analysis of the Philippines’ potential nuclear programme, insisting the country must have a comprehensive plan for managing radioactive waste. Newspaper says radioactive waste can’t be thrown into the sea or dumped on a vacant lot, neither will face masks and handkerchiefs protect from contaminated air. Asks whether “we have the resources to deal with a disaster and its aftermath?” Concludes by saying that embarking on a nuclear energy program requires detailed, comprehensive planning with a long-term perspective.
22 January 2018 International Business Times
Wanted: local community for £12bn nuclear waste dump
International media follow-up story to UK’s Guardian report (below).
21 January 2018 Handelsblatt (Germany)
E.ON helps Germany say goodbye to nuclear power
Report on the impact and costs of dismantling German reactors. Public do not like storing waste in interim surface facilities, with E.ON setting aside €10bn for its contribution to Germany’s GDF, and another €10bn to cover costs of interim storage pending GDF opening — which will be several decades away.
21 January 2018 Seattle Times (USA)
Can nuclear energy save our environment? Authors make a case in ‘Seeing the Light’
Review of new book on broader nuclear debate, but which includes analysis of permanent nuclear waste disposal. Backed up with scientific studies, the authors believe that “permanent disposal of nuclear waste is not a scientific-engineering problem,” but instead a political one. They claim the controversial Yucca Mountain site in Nevada was chosen over other, safer locations due to political pressure, not from reasons of public safety. They blame unsubstantiated public fear fanned by poor science for ignoring the best locations.
21 January 2018 The Guardian (UK)
Search restarts for area willing to host highly radioactive UK waste
Story trailing expected launch of two new public consultations on the UK’s GDF. Emphasises the need to balance good geology with community consent.
20 January 2018 Brussels Times (Belgium)
“We need 20 billion euros more to be able to stop using nuclear”, says Jean-Marc Nollet
Belgian MP concerned about potential costs of disposing of country’s nuclear waste and that there has been lack of progress in Belgium’s programme.
19 January 2018 Nevada Independent (USA)
Can Heller, as Reid did, stop Yucca?
Report on whether local US Senator can hold Congress back from pursuing Yucca Mountain project. The newspaper notes that a bill in the House of Representatives that would jumpstart the stalled plan to build a nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain was overwhelmingly approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in June and is expected to be approved by the full House this year. There is also an appetite for a Yucca solution in the Senate. South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has said he’s impressed by the bipartisan vote in the House committee and suggested there could be “broad appeal” for the bill in the Senate.
19 January 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
Heinrich questions DOE nominee on WIPP, Los Alamos
Local newspaper report on Congressional questioning of a nominee for a senior Department of Energy post, on her views on the US’ WIPP facility in which nuclear waste is geologically disposed.
18 January 2018 Thunder Bay News (Canada)
First nuclear waste test hole drilled near Ignace
Initial 1km deep borehole completed. But the long timescales of project underlined by fact that these first geological samples will take most of this year to analyse before additional boreholes are drilled.
17 January 2018 Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)
WIPP: Mining starts on final underground panel
Local media coverage of mining operations recommencing at United States’ only operational deep geological disposal facility.
17 January 2018 Orange County Register (USA)
San Clemente will seek audience with senator over burial of radioactive waste
Concerned residents have invited local US Senator Kamala Harris to meet them to discuss their opposition to interim waste storage plans. They believe US Federal Government reneging on its commitment to permanently dispose of the waste in a geological repository.
16 January 2018 The Independent Australian
How a planned nuclear waste dump in the tiny SA town of Kimba impacts us all
Article from anti-nuclear campaigner recognises local support for a waste facility but argues that everyone in Australia should have a say regardless of local opinion.
15 January 2018 World Nuclear News
French regulator approves repository safety options
The French regulator, Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), has issued a positive opinion on the safety options for country’s planned deep geological repository for the disposal of high and intermediate-level radioactive waste. However, it has reservations about the storage of bituminous waste within the facility.
14 January 2018 Plymouth Herald (UK)
Old nuclear submarines have now been in Devonport for nearly 30 years
Mention of the GDF as the planned final resting place of radioactive waste materials from UK’s nuclear naval force.
13 January 2018 Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
Swiss nuclear plant plans low risk radioactive waste facility
Report on plans to store and treat waste at a closing nuclear facility includes summary of Switzerland’s consent-based approach to finding a site for their GDF, and of the recent referendum result to phase out nuclear power.
11 January 2018 The Day (USA)
Yucca is obvious answer to nuclear waste question
Editorial from Connecticut local newspaper in support of geological disposal and the Yucca Mountain proposal.
8 January 2018 The Day (USA)
Connecticut lawmakers: ‘Status quo unacceptable’ on nuclear waste policy
Bipartisan political support in Connecticut urging renewed push to find a permanent national geological disposal facility. Mood summed up by one Democrat: “There’s got to be a safer, much more cost-effective way than having this stuff pile up and require expensive surveillance in well over 100 locations across the country. There’s a strong feeling that the status quo is unacceptable. It’s not fair to the sites around the country to have to be a host community for the material. It’s time to get this national disposal system underway.”
6 January 2018 The Advertiser (Australia)
As choice of nuclear waste facility starts narrowing, people of Kimba are either excited or disgusted
Local Adelaide newspaper reports on local debate about hosting a nuclear repository. Majority of residents support continued dialogue, and claim they are already seeing economic benefits, but significant opposition remains. [Note: Kimba proposal is for a low-level waste repository, not a GDF, but process and debate reflects common community reactions to hosting a nuclear waste facility].
1 January 2018 Daily Nation (Kenya)
Kenya’s nuclear quest: A case of extreme optimism?
In a broader piece about the Kenyan Government’s nuclear programme, concerns raised that Kenya has difficulty managing ordinary waste, let alone nuclear waste:
While government officials strongly defend the nuclear project, questions abound about how a country whose major cities – Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa – have failed to handle minor fire disasters and basic household waste will effectively deal with toxic wastes, which are the by-product of nuclear power generation. In Nairobi for instance, where every individual generates about two kilogrammes of waste every day, garbage is littered all over, with roads becoming impassable when it rains. Moreover, some hospitals and clinics carelessly dispose their medical waste in landfills ran by cartels, yet the government insists it can handle nuclear waste.
31 December 2017 Times and Star (UK)
Search for underground radioactive waste store to begin in 2018
Cumbrian local paper reports on speech by RWM’s Siting Director, Ann McCall’s speech to Nuclear Industry Association in which she sets out latest proposed schedule for the UK’s geological disposal programme.
30 December 2017 Orange County Register (USA)
Protesters hit the San Clemente streets to voice opposition for nuclear waste burial at San Onofre
Local media report on community objections to interim waste storage at local site, and demands that US Federal Governmentt take responsibility for finding safer storage arrangements. Quotes one resident: “The waste is going to outlast recorded history by a huge amount. We got our lights on for a few moments, now we have to babysit this fuel for eternity.”
30 December 2017 Post and Courier (USA)
EDITORIAL: Move plutonium out of South Carolina
Notes successful legal challenge by South Carolina’s Attorney General to require US Federal Government to remove waste from interim surface storage facilities, and urges faster action on Yucca Mountain deep geological disposal facility.
27 December 2017 Le Monde (France)
In Finland, the world’s first radioactive waste cemetery [translation]
French language article on Finnish repository.
13 December 2017 DPA On The Net (UK)
Calling for greater Government support for nuclear skills
Story about new Report from UK’s Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) setting out engineering sector’s expectations for the wider nuclear sector, including publishing a firm timetable and plan for the delivery of the Geological Disposal Facility in the UK.
12 December 2017 Nuclear Transparency Watch (Europe)
The Swedish Environmental Court is to rule on the proposed spent fuel repository in Forsmark
Report on the Court’s Hearings and the issues discussed, by Johan Swahn, Director of a Swedish Environmental NGO.
11 December 2017 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Kimba’s Consultative Committee has been announced
Community-based representative committee appointed to advise Government and reflect community opinion on planned radioactive waste disposal facility in Australia.
10 December 2017 Korea Herald
KHNP seeks to lead nuclear decommissioning industry
Launching a new public consultation body on nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management, Korean government announces international collaborations (including UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority), and sets out its economic ambition to capture its share of an anticipated $360bn global marketplace for decommissioning expertise.
8 December 2017 Toledo Blade (Canada)
Local mayors oppose proposed Canadian nuclear waste plan
Local media report on local political opposition to potential site of Canada’s GDF.
8 December 2017 Albuquerque Journal (USA)
Los Alamos resumes waste shipments to WIPP
Drums of radioactive waste packaged at Los Alamos National Laboratory have been shipped to the nation’s nuclear waste storage facility at Carlsbad for the first time since 2014. In February 2014, an improperly packed drum from Los Alamos burst underground at WIPP, containing radioactive contamination from the surface environment.
7 December 2017 Business Green (UK)
Richard Harrington: ‘UK has the potential to become a world-leader in nuclear technologies’
Trade press report on UK Minister’s speech to nuclear industry, in which he refers to planned public consultations early in new year as next stage of UK’s geological disposal programme.
6 December 2017 CTV (Canada)
Then there were five: Search narrowed for place to store used nuclear fuel
Local mayor dismayed at Canada’s National Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) decision to no longer pursue possible siting of a repository in his community. Mayor Dan Marchisella expressed disappointment at the exclusion of his community after five years, calling it a “huge potential loss” for the entire district. The former mining town, once known as the uranium capital of the world, felt that putting itself forward was the responsible thing to do given the vexing question of how best to safely store waste that remains toxic for thousands of years, he said.
Similar report carried by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
27 November 2017 Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
EDITORIAL: Public hearings on nuclear waste need rethink to dispel distrust
An explanation of how the open public workshops exploring the issues related to geological disposal operate, backed up by a plea that the Government be more open and honest in its public dialogue.
26 November 2017 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
‘This is a forever project’: Indigenous community mulls nuclear waste bunker
Report on indigenous communities deliberation on whether to proceed with a geological disposal facility on their lands. Similar report also on CTV, and in Ontario’s Globe and Mail, and local newspapers Thompson Citizen and Humboldt Journal.
22 November 2017 World Nuclear News
Chemistry, minerals and microbes in nuclear waste management
Article on international cross-discipline scientific collaboration on research into enhancing safety of geological disposal.
13 November 2017 World Nuclear News
Drilling begins in Canadian repository search
Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) has begun drilling the first borehole to obtain geological core samples, in its search for a potential deep repository for the long-term management of the country’s used nuclear fuel.
13 November 2017 Belarus News
Plans to build first stage of Belarusian nuclear power plant radioactive waste burial site by 2028
Belarus commits to geological disposal.
7 November 2017 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Make the most of the funding for Kimba
Open letter from the local Mayor, welcoming the “rare” investment in a rural community, for participating in the siting process without obligation and regardless of whether the proposed radioactive waste facility is ever built in the area.
2 November 2017 World Nuclear News
Switzerland’s national radioactive waste disposal cooperative, Nagra, has made its applications for exploratory boreholes in the Nördlich Lägern region available for a 30-day period of public inspection. Nagra submitted six applications in mid-August for exploratory boreholes in five siting communities in Nördlich Lägern, one of three proposed regions in the site selection process for deep geological repositories. The permits are expected to be granted by the end of 2018, Nagra says.
2 November 2017 Las Vegas Sun
Nevada official says Yucca bill not likely to pass Senate
A bill to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository may pass the U.S. House but will probably die in the Senate, a state official said Wednesday. Robert Halstead, director of the state Agency for Nuclear Projects, said he would not be surprised if the legislation got 300 votes in the House, but it “will never see the light of day” in the Senate.
1 November 2017 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
$2m nuclear fund applications opens
Report on launch of a Community Benefit Program provides for projects delivering social or economic benefits for the communities located near sites being considered for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. The program recognises the community’s contribution and short-term disruption as the detailed consultation and technical assessments are underway.
30 October 2017 Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
1st meeting held to explain map for final disposal of nuclear waste
Report on the first public workshop in Japan as part of a public consultation programme to discuss the Government’s plans for geological disposal. In July the Japanese Government published a map showing that up to 30% of the country, covering more than half of the country’s municipalities, could be used as a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste. According to the Japanese Government, these areas have no volcanos, active faults or coal fields, and they are geologically convenient in terms of transportation by ships.
27 October 2017 Business Korea
Korea Pressed by Urgent Construction of Spent Nuclear Fuel Treatment Facilities
The Korean Government’s decision to proceed with new nuclear build programme, following advice from an independent citizens forum, focus turns to speeding Korea’s geological disposal programme.
26 October 2017 Bangor Daily News (USA)
As climate change fuels fears about nuclear waste, Maine looks to Trump for solution
Report expressing frustration in a local community over continued interim surface storage of radioactive waste and the lack of progress in finding a permanent geological disposal site.
26 October 2017 World Nuclear News
Countries update on waste management progress
Signatories to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management – known as the Joint Convention – have submitted national reports detailing the steps they are taking to meet their commitments under the convention ahead of next year’s review meeting. These national reports are subjected to independent peer review, to help ensure there are common international standards to which every country operates. There is an expectation that each country will make their reports public. This news report focuses on Sweden, and provides links to a wide range of international sources of information on radioactive waste management and geological disposal.
26 October 2017 Daily Energy Insider (USA)
NARUC, other energy organizations urge Congress to fund Nuclear Waste Program
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) was among six energy organisations that has sent a letter Tuesday to Congressional leaders urging them to adequately fund the Department of Energy’s programme to support the completion of the Yucca Mountain licensing review and preparation for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste transportation.
25 October 2017 Euroscientist
A small number of professional scientists are turning to science fiction writing to better discuss complex issues with the wider public. EuroScientist has published a short story called ‘The Blame Game’ by Ian McKinley, who is a scientist involved in radioactive waste management. The magazine says he sets out to debunk the myths around the topic which stem from films, novels and, increasingly, comics, manga and anime, to get readers to ask themselves key questions about the topic.
24 October 2017 The Transcontinental (Australia)
Quorn and Hawker locals visit ANSTO
Local newspaper report on members of a community which may host a national radioactive waste facility visiting the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The group also included community members of a newly-created Economic Working Group, exploring employment and other opportunities.
24 October 2017 Nature Magazine
Reclassify waste to shift the nuclear landscape
Discussion about the political complexities of re-classifying waste destined for permanent disposal, as a way of managing the waste to be disposed at WIPP and pending any final decision on a permanent repository.
24 October 2017 Atlas Obscura
Nuclear waste experts study prehistoric crater lake to envision landscapes one million years in the future.
Report on how Lake Lappajärvi in Finland is being analysed to show how future geological stability can be reasonably assured, given its resistance to glacial effects over the past millennia.
19 October 2017 San Clement News (USA)
Wavelengths: Nuking it Out: In a Fight against Storing Radioactive Waste, We Are in the Dark
Opinion piece, concerned that the public do not engage in radioactive waste management issues, which concludes:
“I am not advocating any position on this issue. I am suggesting that educating oneself from a variety of sources should be a paramount priority for anyone who owns property here or is planning to live in the area for any length of time.”
18 October 2017 World Nuclear News
Mining operations to resume at WIPP
Industry report on renewed activity at the US facility.
17 October 2017 Eyre Tribune (Australia)
Nuclear money could go to pool
Local residents advocate that some of Aus$2m community funding available in waste repository programme should go to upgrading local swimming pool.
17 October 2017 Las Vegas Sun
Longtime Yucca Mountain booster in Congress makes his pitch in Nevada
Illinois Congressman addresses Las Vegas business community on why he supports Yucca Mountain project. Additional coverage also in the Nevada Independent.
17 October 2017 San Francisco Chronicle
US nuke waste repository in New Mexico will get more space
Associated Press (AP) report on the first underground excavations beginning at WIPP in the three years since their subterranean incident.
17 October 2017 Equal Times (Europe)
What to do with nuclear waste? The question dividing France
Comprehensive article from a pan-European activist news portal funded by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), setting out the views of anti-GDF environmentalists, and pro-GDF players. The respective views of both sides can be summed up in two quotes:
“What is at stake in Bure, is the future of nuclear power. If the Cigéo is not built here, the nuclear industry will come to an end in the next ten years … That’s why we are fighting: if we manage to stop it, it will mean the end of the industry.”
“It’s all well and good to say it’s a heresy, but now that it’s there, what can we do about it? … we can always question whether such or such [historic] decision is legitimate, but that should not reinforce indecision [on safely disposing of the waste].”
16 October 2017 The Sun Daily (Malaysia)
New radioactive waste storage facility needed
Malaysia conducting 10-year analysis into geological disposal.
14 October 2017 Las Vegas Sun
Moniz: U.S. needs ‘consent-based process’ for nuclear waste storage
Ex-US Energy Secretary calls for a ‘consent-based’ process for identifying a GDF site. Speaking at a National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Ernst Moniz said there were technical issues to be resolved at Yucca Mountain, which may be “showstoppers”, and that European experience showed a consent-based approach was more likely to succeed in finding a suitable, acceptable site.
11 October 2017 Iohud (NY, USA)
Nuclear waste stranded at Indian Point as feds search for permanent solution
Comprehensive article from local Westchester County (NY) newspaper, setting out the complex local and national political debate reigniting in the US about permanent disposal of radioactive waste. Nobody wants the material maintained in interim stores, but many of the most vocal critics also don’t want to transport it to a permanent disposal facility. Yucca may not happen, but little appetite to delay site selection process for another 30 years. And so on …. !
11 October 2017 Chicago Tribune
Column: Post-nuke legacy leaves Zion stuck with more than nostalgia
Op-ed concerned about continued interim surface storage at local nuclear facilities pending progress on a permanent geological disposal facility.
10 October 2017 Nature magazine
How the United States plans to trap its biggest stash of nuclear-weapons waste in glass
Explanation on how radioactive waste is ‘vitrified’ (ie made into a glass) to enhance protection against radioactivity seeping into environment, and in preparation for geological disposal.
10 October 2017 Reuters (France)
France’s nuclear spent-fuel pools major security risk: Greenpeace
Coverage of a new Greenpeace International Report.
9 October 2017 Brussels Times (Belgium)
We must get out of the “impasse” on the storage of nuclear waste
Chief Executive of the organisation which controls nuclear waste in Belgium (Ondraf) calls on Belgian Government to make a decision on geological disposal, which is technically the preferred solution.
6 October 2017 News.AZ (Azerbaijan)
Armenia wages ecological war against Azerbaijan
Allegations in Azerbaijani online news agency report, that Armenia is exploring geology of disputed territory in order to dispose of radioactive waste.
6 October 2017 Brattleboro Reformer (Vermont, USA)
Welch bill would compensate nuke fuel towns
Report on local Representative who has tabled a Bill in Congress to compensate towns in which radioactive waste is stored at surface on an interim base pending final permanent geological disposal.
3 October 2017 Los Alamos Monitor (USA)
WIPP officials expect rock fall within a month
Statement on how the anticipated underground rock fall has been expected and is being planned for by the facility’s management.
2 October 2017 Belarus News
Belarus, European Commission to launch new project in nuclear, radiation safety in 2018
Short report on an international accord, which includes supporting the Belarus nuclear regulator by sharing EU experience in the regulation of safe radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel disposal.
2 October 2017 Patch (USA)
Nuclear Waste Storage Help Offered By Proposed New Law
Local Illinois newsmedia story about legislation intended to financially compensate local municipalities for hosting surface facilities in which waste is stored pending permanent geological disposal.
1 October 2017 Uinta County Herald (USA)
Radioactive waste will continue I-80 transport
Local newspaper story on a public roadshow to provide education on the shipping of waste from facilities around the country to the US’s only existing geological disposal facility, WIPP.
30 Sept 2017 The Olympian (USA)
Hanford and Yucca Mountain – an environmental imperative or status quo?
Op-ed from local Washington State newspaper, seeking bipartisan support for Yucca Mountain GDF, as a moral and environmental imperative, saying:
“Failure to capitalize on nearly $15 billion already invested at Yucca Mountain just isn’t acceptable and starting the process over means 30 or more years of delay and the accumulation of additional tons of nuclear waste widely dispersed throughout the country … And, this radioactive mess needs cleaning up — now.”
28 Sept 2017 Santa Fe New Mexican
Expected WIPP roof collapse raises anxiety
Local concerns remain despite reassurance from WIPP management that expected rock fall has been anticipated and planned for.
27 Sept 2017 Orange County Register (USA)
Can $46 billion buy a permanent home for nuclear waste stored at San Onofre, other sites?
Anger in California, that having already taken $46bn from consumers through their power bills to pay for a geological disposal facility, the Federal Government continues to allow waste to be stored in local surface facilities and has not advanced the programme to find a site for the permanent disposal repository.
26 Sept 2017 Las Vegas Review-Journal
Officials frustrated over lack of progress on Yucca Mountain
Report on a Congressional Hearing this week into radioactive waste disposal by the House of Representative’s Oversight subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment. While the House has a Bill which provides funding to re-open the Yucca Mountain programme, the Senate is pursuing a waste management plan that would look at interim storage sites until a permanent geologic repository is constructed. The two bills will have to be reconciled by the end of the budget process.
All agree that something needs to be done. One observer said, “To put it bluntly, the citizens of states and localities have the federal government’s waste and the federal government has our money.” The Union of Concerned Scientists said the Yucca Mountain proposal could be rejected, requiring the search for other potential repository sites, and that local consent should be sought on finding such a site.
21 Sept 2017 The Progressive (USA)
Nuclear Plants Plus Hurricanes: Disasters Waiting to Happen
Concern, in a citizens’ rights’ publication, that waste stored on the surface at nuclear facilities presents a risk from natural disasters like hurricanes.
21 Sept 2017 OZYNews (USA)
The next Standing Rock showdown could be over nuclear waste
Report on potential for active resistance to Yucca Mountain project by Native Americans, despite fact that site is not on tribal lands.
21 Sept 2017 Chicago Tribune
Editorial: Illinois, the nuclear waste state
Editorial which says, “… secure disposal has been painfully hard to come by. That’s not for any technical or logistical reason … In the meantime, some 80,000 tons of waste has piled up at 80 far less secure temporary sites in 35 states, and the piles are growing all the time … Congressional Republicans — not to mention Democrats from Illinois and other states stuck with casks of spent fuel — know that the problem needs to be solved and that there is no better option … Now is their chance to safeguard nuclear waste in a much more secure location.”
19 Sept 2017 CPHPost (Denmark)
Riso to continue as Denmark’s nuclear waste storage facility
Because of public hostility, Denmark has yet to follow other nuclear nations in seeking a site for the permanent disposal of higher activity waste — thus requiring an extension to the current interim storage facility at Riso.
19 Sept 2017 San Diego Union-Tribune
San Onofre nuclear waste storage plan better alternative than inaction, barely
Report on agreement between operator of decommissioned site and local citizens for interim storage of waste, pending final disposal in a GDF. Agreement not considered ideal, but best alternative, and federal government criticised for not finding a site after almost 50 years of searching.
17 Sept 2017 Las Vegas Sun
Don’t take chances with Mother Nature, human nature
Editorial by owner/editor of the newspaper, opposed to Yucca Mountain, arguing it would be safer to keep waste on the surface at multiple sites than place deep beneath the surface at one site.
13 Sept 2017 Albuquerque Journal (USA)
Editorial: WIPP filling its role and more, unlike Yucca Mt.
Following a government Report on future capacity limits at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) in New Mexico, a local newspaper supports local community demands for expansion at the facility, saying:
“Such moves are uniformly supported by Carlsbad civic leaders, who understand the level of nuclear expertise in their workforce as well as they understand the importance of a constant flow of government dollars to their communities and political futures. And it’s reasonable to expand WIPP, providing the state and the federal government can agree on what goes in and how much the site can hold – safely.”
But notes WIPP is not a long-term solution for the 70,000-plus tonnes of radwaste stored on the surface across the US, and that Yucca Mountain provides the best current long-term solution to the problem.
12 Sept 2017 Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Nuclear waste: Where to store it for eternity?
As Germany prepares to restart its process for finding a location for a GDF, this article provides an overview of the international situation, scientific consensus, and German political history of finding a site for permanent disposal of radwaste.
This story also picked up by online business and science news portal Gears of Biz.
12 Sept 2017 Fox News (Australia)
Finland’s incredible permanent nuclear waste storage facility
Article on GDF under construction in Finland, and reviewing similar activity in Australia.
12 Sept 2017 New York Post
This tiny country may solve gigantic nuclear waste problem
Yet another article on the Finnish GDF, reviewing progress internationally in building GDFs, and acknowledging that Finland’s GDF is culmination of 40 years of technical planning and community discussion.
11 Sept 2017 Los Angeles Times
There’s no great answer for nuclear waste, but almost anything is better than perching it on the Pacific
Editorial in favour of progressing with geological disposal as quickly as possible.
11 Sept 2017 The Atlantic (International)
What Lies Beneath
Another article looking at the Finnish GDF, the world’s only GDF currently under construction, emphasising the point that early engagement with the community proved critical in progressing the project.
10 Sept 2017 Adelaide Advertiser (Australia)
Aboriginal leader Malcolm ‘Tiger’ McKenzie pushing for nuclear waste dump built near his home in the Flinders Ranges
While not about a GDF, interesting story about why Aboriginal leaders want to explore economic benefits of hosting radioactive waste facilities “if they’re safe”. Similar story also in another local newspaper, The Transcontinental.
9 Sept 2017 Business Insider (UK/USA)
Hurricane Irma may plow into a site full of Cold War-era nuclear waste
Article articulating concerns about potential impact of storm on waste stored in interim surface stores.
8 Sept 2017 Las Vegas Sun
Two further stories emanating from last week’s conference in Las Vegas to discuss the US Government’s revived plans to build the nation’s deep geological repository for the permanent disposal of higher activity radioactive waste under Yucca Mountain in Nevada:
7 Sept 2017 The Baker Orange (USA)
Nuclear waste threatens everyone
Kansas-based student/activist magazine articulating need for a GDF.
7 Sept 2017 ABC News (USA)
Federal auditors say US nuclear dump running out of room
The US’ Government Accountability Office has said that the only current repository in America, the WIPP facility in New Mexico, will run out of storage capacity within ten years, and that the Department of Energy (DoE) has no plans to seek regulatory approvals required to expand operations at WIPP. The DoE says it has sufficient time to submit proposals.
7 Sept 2017 Washington Post
Harvey caused a chemical plant explosion. Is that the next face of climate change?
Mention of the management of radioactive waste in context of mitigating against the effects of climate change.
7 Sept 2017 Roll Call
Five Top Energy and Environment Priorities as Congress Returns
Washington DC-based political news-site lists the Yucca Mountain repository as one of the key priorities for Congress this autumn, and explains why.
7 Sept 2017 Southside Pride
Who should take care of the radioactive leaks in Washington State?
Minneapolis (USA) community activist publication, exploring issues related to management of radioactive waste and urging action on finding a geological disposal facility.
7 Sept 2017 Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada, Nye County take opposite sides in Yucca Mountain battle
Continued coverage of the conference in Las Vegas to discuss the Yucca Mountain project. This report focuses on the different pro and anti positions of the Local and State authorities.
5 Sept 2017 The Norwich Radical (UK)
Where to hide radioactive waste?
Political activist publication, while acknowledging that geological disposal appears to be the scientifically-endorsed best option, worries about how to find a willing community to host such a site.
5 Sept 2017 Xinhua (China)
China Focus: China adopts nuclear safety law
Report on new legislation in China, sections of which require the nuclear industry to be more transparent, and quoting Guo Chengzhan, Deputy Director of the National Nuclear Safety Administration, as saying: “On issues related to public interest, both local governments and facility operators are required to solicit public opinion. Public understanding and support are important to the healthy and sustainable development of nuclear energy.”
5 Sept 2017 Nuclear Monitor (International)
In the hope of a better legacy: An interview with Prof. Andrew Blowers
Andy Blowers reviews his years opposing nuclear power, commenting on his membership of CoRWM, and while supporting geological disposal, is concerned that it is taking too long, that long-term surface storage is the best available current option, and that the nation should think again about producing more radioactive waste before it has resolved what to do with the legacy stockpile.
5 Sept 2017 Las Vegas Review-Journal
Yucca Mountain opposition to be focus at Las Vegas conference
5 Sept 2017 Las Vegas Review-Journal
Energy official says Yucca Mountain ball in Congress’ court
6 Sept 2017 Las Vegas Sun
State’s chief Yucca critic: It’s ‘almost a religious controversy now’
Series of articles from local Nevada media previewing and reporting on a conference in Las Vegas to discuss the US Government’s plan to revive the proposed Yucca Mountain repository.
5 Sept 2017 Daily Collegian (Mass, USA)
Should we warn future generations about nuclear waste?
Article on the discussions around ways in which repositories around the world can be ‘marked’ so that future generations are aware of the waste below.
30 August 2017 Real Change (USA)
Book Review: “Dark Age America: Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead”
This weekly social activist newspaper reviews a book on the global environmental and economic challenges affecting America, which specifically highlights disposal of radioactive waste as a prime example of an issue that needs addressing.
29 August 2017 Weirton Daily Times (USA)
Radioactive waste storage plan needed
Local West Virginia newspaper op-ed saying a repository is necessary, “not just for the nuclear power industry. There are many other sources of radioactive waste.”
26 August 2017 Nevada Independent (USA)
Nevada raises concerns over Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s information-gathering plans for Yucca Mountain
Nevada State concerned that there is insufficient appropriate public engagement in revised discussions about Yucca Mountain. However, there are differences in opinion between State and Local authorities — the most impacted local councils are satisfied with the safety case and see long term economic benefits.
24 August 2017 Post & Courier (USA)
Proceed with Yucca Mountain
Op-ed from a South Carolina newspaper, not only supports removing waste from the surface, but also reports on the ongoing legal case between South Carolina and the Federal Government over alleged non-payment of promised compensation for maintaining surface interim stores when the Yucca programme was halted by President Obama.
22 August 2017 Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)
Nuclear project office opening
Report on opening of a local office to help provide more information to residents on the potential Kimba site of a deep geological repository for Australia.
21 August 2017 Times Colonist (Canada)
Ottawa wants info on impact of nuclear-waste bunker on Indigenous community
Federal Environment Minister seeks additional information on a proposed GDF, including “a clear description of the potential cumulative effects of the project on Saugeen Ojibway Nation’s cultural heritage, including a description of the potential effects of the project on the nation’s spiritual and cultural connection to the land.”
The process for identifying a site in Canada has taken great effort to engage local indigenous populations, and to ‘vision’ the long-term environmental, social and economic impacts of hosting a site.
19 August 2017 ABC (Australia)
Nuclear medicine production in Australia at risk if dump site can’t be found, industry head says
Radiopharmaceutical industry concern that existing interim storage facilities are filling up, and that unless progress is made on locating a permanent repository there could be an impact on medical services.
“If you think about the biggest challenges in health in the western world, such as cardiac disease and forms of heart disease, and cancer in many forms, there wouldn’t be a family [not] touched by those,” said an industry leader.
Australia has been searching for a site for over 30 years. Radiopharmaceutical industry says no immediate action required, but a plan needs developing “in the next 10 years, because we can’t continue to stack this waste up in the shed forever.”
17 August 2017 Town & Country Planning (UK)
In the first of a series of articles on the local and social legacies of nuclear energy, leading UK academic Prof Andy Blowers looks at where and why these legacies have come to pass.
16 August 2017 TeleSur (Spain/France)
French Police Attack Protest Against Nuclear Waste Site
Report on clash between protestors and police at proposed French GDF site near Bure.
16 August 2017 Business Standard (Europe)
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
Additional agency report (Agence Press France – AFP) on confrontation between police and 300 protestors at the site of the proposed French GDF near Bure.
9 August 2017 Washington Examiner (USA)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission restarts Yucca Mountain licensing process
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted on Tuesday to proceed with the information-gathering stage of approving a license for the contentious nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, to initiate the review of the Department of Energy’s license to build the radioactive waste facility.
8 August 2017 Japan Times
Unclear if local govts will host sites for N-waste disposal
Further article on recent publication of geological maps by the Japanese Government, re-emphasising the need for government to engage fully with the public. The article says at the moment it seems unlikely that any municipality will come forward, although there are financial benefits in doing so. There is acknowledgement that something has to be done with radioactive waste, but Prof Kota Juraku of Tokyo Denki University is quoted saying: “If society as a whole doesn’t come to accept that these facilities must be built somewhere, no municipality will host them”. The article ends, saying, “the government must alleviate the concerns of municipalities and their residents, and earn their understanding for acceptance of a facility.”
7 August 2017 Washington Times (USA)
Trump’s former Las Vegas cohorts gird for battle to stop his Yucca Mountain nuclear waste plan
Short article on expected lobbying campaign by Las Vegas casino owners and other business interests against Yucca Mountain proposals.
7 August 2017 Manila Bulletin (Philippines/Slovenia)
Increasing redundancy keeps nuclear plants safe
Report from Philippines media on improving safety at Slovenia’s nuclear facility, with brief mention of the Government’s five years of study and data gathering, and of securing community approval, for the establishment of its radioactive waste and spent fuel repository.
7 August 2017 The News on Sunday (Pakistan)
The Cost of Going Nuclear
Article examining debate between pro and antic nuclear arguments for further development of Pakistan’s civil nuclear programme, with reference to Pakistan’s own search for a deep geological disposal facility.
7 August 2017 Las Cruces Sun-News (USA)
NMSU monitoring near WIPP allays public concerns
Report on the work of New Mexico State University’s Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Centre, who have been monitoring the air, soil, water and people residing in the area surrounding the US’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the world’s only existing deep geological disposal facility. The Centre played a key role in assuaging public concern over possible radiation leakage following the 2014 incident at WIPP, by showing that radiation was contained beneath ground away from human and environmental harm.
5 August 2017 CNBC (USA)
Finland wants to bury nuclear waste for 100,000 years
Short summary piece on Finland’s geological disposal facility.
3 August 2017 Japan Times
Finding sites to bury high-level radioactive waste
An op-ed piece, following publication of geological maps by the Japanese Government, states that “disposing of high-level radioactive waste is an issue that cannot be averted given that the nation is engaged in nuclear power generation” but urges the Government “to make the process toward disposal open and transparent — and scientifically trustworthy — sparing no effort to win the public’s understanding and support at each step of the way.”
1 August 2017 Public Radio International (USA)
Finland’s solution to nuclear waste storage may set an example for the world
Review of Finland’s repository, setting it in context of plans in the USA. The article highlights the political and social, rather than technological, complexity of the issue, saying:
” … in the US public engagement around the issue of long-term geologic storage plans has been lacking … a study of nuclear waste programs around the world … found that this is a very difficult job.”
“… a noteworthy characteristic of all of [other] programs is … a very well-developed program of public engagement that stretches, necessarily, over decades.”
“In the US, with its combined state-federal system and its mistrust of authority and science … to be successful, we have to design a system that can survive the fluctuations of the political sphere and is based on public acceptance …”
20 July 2017 NPR Illinois (USA)
Illinois Issues: The Prairie State’s Nuclear Waste Conundrum
Without a geological disposal facility, radioactive waste is being stored in surface facilities across Illinois. This long article offers an overview on the history, politics, science and necessity of a GDF, expressing concerns that the longer the material is kept on the surface the greater the risk of an accident or terrorist attack. While acknowledging that Nevada may feel ‘screwed’ by the Yucca Mountain project, the article welcomes a Chicago Tribunal op-ed that concluded: “We hope the Trump administration and Congress will revive it. Because if they don’t, we’re all screwed.”
19 July 2017 Politico (Europe)
Burying the atom: Europe struggles to dispose of nuclear waste
Using the French GDF and local protestors as a case study, this article says the technical issues are nothing compared to the political complexities across Europe in implementing geological disposal.
30 June 2017 Vice Media: Motherboard
Scientists Worry About a Future Ice Age Crushing Our Nuclear Waste Vaults
Review of research being conducted by Canada, Sweden and Finland underneath Greenland to test the resilience and longevity of a GDF which will be subjected to, and need to survive, several ice ages.
16 June 2017 The Journal News (Indian Point, NY, USA)
Forum highlights pressing questions about nuclear waste after Indian Point shuts down
Summary of the community discussion and concerns about hosting higher activity radioactive waste in interim surface facilities.
9 June 2017 New York Times
On Nuclear Waste, Finland Shows US How It Can Be Done
Lengthy article looking at construction of the Onkalo repository in Finland — the world’s first purpose-built GDF.
24 April 2017 Wired.co.uk
Journey deep into the Finnish caverns where nuclear waste will be buried for millenia
Extensive article setting out the issues related to geological disposal, including concerns of anti-GDF activists.
21 April 2017 France24
Battle to stop nuclear waste being buried in a French village
16-minute video report on the French GDF and the campaign being led by local protestors.
11 April 2017 Chicago Tribune
Revive Yucca Mountain: Illinois has more nuclear waste than any other state, all of it in temporary storage
Written by the Tribune’s Editorial Board, the op-ed notes the unnecessary costs of interim storage which consumers ultimately bear through their energy bills. It also notes that while Illinois has the largest quantity of radioactive waste stored on the surface in the US, waste is stored at surface facilities across 34 US States. The paper, while arguing that science and common sense support construction of a GDF, does acknowledge that a GDF is the “ultimate NIMBY project”.
5 July 2016 Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Germany to dump nuclear waste for good – but where?
Review of the bipartisan plans in Germany for deciding how to geologically dispose of its radioactive waste following the German decision to end its nuclear energy programme.