International media: articles and news stories

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

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18 September 2018                            Wichita Eagle (USA)

Consumer group fights New Mexico nuclear waste project

National consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has filed to intervene in the license application submitted by Holtec International to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to construct a nuclear waste storage facility about 35 miles east of Carlsbad.  If Public Citizen’s petition is accepted by the NRC it would able to participate in hearings. Also reported in Bradenton Herald.

18 September 2018                            Oxford Academic (UK)

Investigating the use of 3D full-waveform inversion to characterise the host rock at a geological disposal site 

Academic paper on whether 3D data can be used to map changes in physical properties of rock caused by the construction of the GDF, specifically tunnel-induced fracturing.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, they find it may help in the monitoring of the geology during tunnelling.

18 September 2018                            The Star (Malaysia)

Malaysia against nuclear power due to radioactive waste disposal issues, says Dr M

Malaysian Prime Minister says his country opposed to civil use of nuclear power because there is no safe way to dispose of radioactive waste.  Story also covered by Channel NewsAsia, Free Malaysia Today, New Straits Times, The Edge Markets, The Sun Daily

18 September 2018                            KSBY NBC NewsChannel6 (USA)

Congress approves bill to provide funding for communities losing nuclear power plants

A Bill awaiting Presidential signature has passed both House of the US Congress, allowing for public and private funding for communities required to continue hosting radioactive waste storage facilities after the decommissioning of a nuclear facility.  Also reported in San Luis Obispo Tribune

18 September 2018                            Forbes Magazine

Nuclear Energy Needs Truth, Not Truthiness

A thoughtful article about the political consequences when facts, evidence and scientific truths are dismissed and electoral, political and policy decisions are made on belief.  Radioactive waste management is used as a key example of how facts and scientific evidence are ignored in favour of uninformed assumptions and beliefs.

18 September 2018                            Shepway Vox (UK)

That Geological Disposal Facility and a forgotten workshop

Local blog opposed to a GDF in Folkestone.

17 September 2018                             Asbury Park Press (USA)

Oyster Creek shutting down for good today: 5 things you need to know

America’s oldest operational nuclear power plant shuts today.  This article assesses impact of closure on the local economy and community.  Plant closure also reported by World Nuclear News

16 September 2018                            Las Vegas Sun (USA)

Yucca nuclear dump a threat to Nevada military bases, Rosen says

Democrat candidate for the Nevada US Senate seat is concerned that having a radioactive waste facility would be a national security threat.  Worth noting that proponents for the Yucca Mountain facility argue that the military’s presence and current security measures for protecting existing military nuclear facilities in Nevada are a positive reason for citing the geological repository there.

15 September 2018                            Greenfield Recorder (USA)

Anti-nuclear groups urge action against national waste dump

Citizens group is planning a roadshow around Vermont to lobby in favour of a permanent radioactive waste repository, to which waste is transported just once, and opposed to plans to remove waste from Vermont’s Yankee nuclear power plant to temporary storage facilities in West Texas pending completion of Yucca Mountain or other geological repository.  Also reported by WCAX

14 September 2018                            World Nuclear News

Nuclear industry faces wake-up call, says IAEA’s Chudakov

Providing public reassurance on radioactive waste management practice for the whole nuclear lifecycle, and progress in the construction of high-level waste repositories, will have a “profound impact” on political and public acceptance of nuclear power, according to IAEA Head speaking at World Nuclear Associations’s 2018 International Symposium.

14 September 2018                            Asbury Park Press (USA)

Oyster Creek: A look back at historic nuclear plant before it’s shutdown forever

The negative impact on the local economy and community, and what to do with the radioactive waste stored at the site, are the central concerns in this article.

14 September 2018                            IAEA

How are the IAEA Safety Standards produced? A Look Inside the Secretariat

Report published which explains how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) develops and drafts safety standards,  including on radioactive waste.

14 September 2018                            Washington Examiner (USA)

Unions and green activists have a terrible plan to move radioactive waste

Ill-informed op-ed which criticises everyone for proposal to remove radioactive waste stored at surface and send for permanent disposal, without offering an alternative option or indicating how keeping radioactive waste in less protected circumstances is somehow safer.

14 September 2018                            News & Star (UK)

Preparations under way for Cumbria Nuclear Conference

Whether Cumbria should seek to host a geological repository is one of key issues under discussion at a major conference next week.  Story repeated in Times & Star

14 September 2018                            IAEA

IAEA Meeting Discusses Stakeholder Involvement Across the Nuclear Power Plant Life Cycle

Report on a workshop organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to raise awareness and share knowledge about engaging and communicating with the public.

13 September 2018                            WSJM 94.9 News Talk (USA)

Upton Working On Yucca Mountain Funding

Local Michigan media report on local Congressman’s continued efforts to fund Yucca Mountain to help speed removal of radioactive waste from local sites.

12 September 2018                            Sky News (UK)

Plastic-eating fungus could help fight against waste

Report published by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on research from Pakistan on fungi which break down chemical bonds, and can ‘eat’ a wide range of materials, including radioactive waste.  Story also reported in Metro, The Republic (Indiana), Dawn (Pakistan), WDTV (West Virginia), Daily Sabah (Turkey), CBS Philly (USA)

12 September 2018                            Las Vegas Review Journal (USA)

Congressman: Political considerations derailing Yucca Mountain

Following the removal of funding for Yucca Mountain project from the 2019 federal budget, John Shimkus Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on the environment, and a Republican Congressman, said protecting a single Republican Senator was distorting a US energy policy that has bipartisan support.  Shimkus said the real losers were the taxpayers in all 50 US States.

12 September 2018                            Financial Tribune (Iran)

Nuclear Energy Role Can Shrink in World Energy Mix

Concerns about management of radioactive waste are key factor in anticipated slow-down in global growth of civil nuclear energy according to IAEA Report.  Also reported by France24

11 September 2018                             Usine Nouvelle (France)

“It is legitimate to revisit the arguments in favor of Cigeo,” admits the director of Andra

In an interview, ANDRA’s Director Pierre-Marie Abadie, discusses how the debate about the future of nuclear power in France influences how radioactive waste will be managed.  He asserts that disposing of the waste amounts to about 1-2% of the overall costs of nuclear power.  As in other countries, ANDRA keeps options for disposal of radioactive waste under regular review, in case science develops a better method.  Geological disposal remains the best available option.

11 September 2018                             E&E News (USA)

A Texas waste storage plan is back. So is the opposition

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has restarted its review of a consolidated interim storage application for a site in Andrews County, Texas.  It is expected that the NRC’s safety, security and environmental reviews of the proposals submitted byInterim Storage Partners LLC will be finished in summer 2020.  There is local opposition, which is seeking more public hearings to help raise local awareness of the proposal.

11 September 2018                             PZC (Holland)

Concrete wagon file in Borssele for expansion of high-level radioactive waste building

Report on the construction of new facilities to hold Holland’s higher activity radioactive waste.

11 September 2018                             Exchange Monitor (USA)

Congress Blanks Yucca Mountain Again

As expected, funding for the Yucca Mountain project proposed by the US House of Representatives has not survived the budget reconciliation discussions with the US Senate.  Although not anticipated, it remains possible that President Trump will veto the budget agreed between the two Houses of the US Congress.  Also reported by Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Roll Call, Nevada Independent, Nuclear News Net

11 September 2018                             Blackburn News (Canada)

OPG continues consultations with Saugeen Ojibway Nation

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is making progress in community consultation with local indigenous groups on its proposed deep geologic repository project for low-and-intermediate level radioactive waste.  However, OPG make clear there’s no pressure for an immediate answer and talks may take several years.  Also reported by Bay Shore Broadcasting

11 September 2018                             Eureka!

The vast task of decommissioning the UK’s nuclear facilities is driving and rewarding technological innovation

Article reviewing use of advanced technology by the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) in safely managing higher activity radioactive waste and its preparation for final disposal.

9 September 2018                              Cape Cod Times (USA)

Pilgrim activists debate over spent fuel storage

Campaigners against Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are in agreement about the need to permanently close it, but now disagree over how to manage its radioactive waste.  Holtec International are planning to purchase the facility and accelerate removal of the waste to a proposed temporary storage facility in New Mexico.  Some Pilgrim campaigners, without apparently offering an alternative solution, object to the move on the grounds that the waste is simply being dumped on a poor community.  Others say the New Mexico site has low population, is wanted by the local community, and is a safer location compared to the coastal position of the Pilgrim facility.

7 September 2018                              9News (Australia)

No resolution yet on Kimba dump vote in SA

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has yet to find a resolution to an indigenous group’s demand that they have a say on a proposed radioactive waste facility in South Australia.  Following an application by the Barngarla people to the South Australia Supreme Court, a planned local referendum was suspended pending a decision from the AHRC.  The Barngarla have argued that excluding them from the ballot simply because they do not live in the area is discriminatory.  The federal government remains optimistic of finding a solution.

6 September 2018                              Meduza (Russia)

Federal officials draft a doomsday-scenario report on what global warming could do to Russia

Claims that Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry, in making a push to lead the government on climate-change policy, has drafted a new doomsday-scenario report highlighting national security threats caused by global warming —  this includes warnings that melting permafrost could damage facilities now storing Russia’s chemical, biological, and radioactive waste.

6 September 2018                             The Transcontinental (Australia)

Hawker to get virtual reality check

Residents in the areas of the proposed radioactive waste facility are being offered virtual reality headsets to use at home in tandem with a downloaded app to see how neutrons behave in a reactor.

6 September 2018                             World Nuclear News

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has resumed safety and environmental reviews of an application by Interim Storage Partners to construct and operate a consolidated storage facility for used nuclear fuel in Andrews County, Texas. The joint venture of Waste Control Specialists and Orano in June submitted a revised version of the application, initially filed in 2016 by WCS but later suspended pending the sale of the company. The NRC expects to complete its reviews in mid-2020.

6 September 2018                              Barents Observer (Russia/Norway)

What is the situation at Russia’s biggest dump site for spent nuclear fuel?

Despite reassurances from Rosatom that the Andreeva Bay site will be cleared by 2024, Norway remains concerned by the recent behaviour of Russian authorities (see story below from 5 September).

5 September 2018                              The Age (Australia)

Radioactive waste to be moved from uni to safe storage in Yallambie

The consequences of storing radioactive waste for prolonged periods in interim facilities highlighted in the community concern about the relocation of low-level radwaste from Melbourne University to a federal facility on the outskirts of the city.  The waste was accumulated at the university’s radium laboratory, opened in 1929 and which closed in the 1980’s.  The material has to be kept in interim storage pending the construction of a permanent disposal facility — the process for finding a site currently held up in Australian courts.

5 September 2018                              World Nuclear News

Korean waste agency forges links with expert group

A memorandum of understanding has been signed by the Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD) and the Korean Radioactive Waste Society (KRS) for cooperation in decommissioning and waste management.  The KRS is an association of 200+ radioactive waste management experts.

5 September 2018                              Las Vegas Sun (USA)

Energy industry experts gather in Nevada for annual summit on nuclear waste

Focus this year is not on Yucca Mountain, but looks at wider political and funding landscape, as pressure builds to more quickly remove radioactive waste from decommissioned sites, and temporary storage facilities are proposed in New Mexico and Texas pending a decision on a permanent geological repository.

5 September 2018                              Barents Observer (Norway/Russia)

Two leading Norwegian officials on nuclear safety halted on their way out of Russia

Norwegian concern that the holding of two radwaste experts may undermine the long-standing co-operation between Russia and Norway to manage radioactive waste effectively.

4 September 2018                              Brussels Times (Belgium/Luxembourg)

Belgium to store Luxembourg’s radioactive waste

The Belgian Government have tabled a Bill to allow Luxembourg, which produces small amounts of radioactive waste, to utilise Belgian expertise and facilities to store radioactive waste pending final disposal.  While recommended by the nuclear authority in Belgium, the Belgian Government has yet to formally approve a geological repository.

4 September 2018                               Nevada Appeal (USA)

Sandoval on Yucca fight: ‘Pop them between the eyes’

Warning that Yucca Mountain supporters will resume their campaign in 2019, Nevada Governor Sandoval instructs his team to “take the fight to” those in favour of progressing the project.

1 September 2018                               Las Vegas Review Journal (USA)

COMMENTARY: Yucca Mountain: No easy transportation, no free government money

An opponent of the Yucca Mountain project claims future radioactive waste deliveries would have to be mad by rail, not road, and that the House of Representatives recently tied renewed funding for the project with a decision to withdraw a commitment to pay Nevada regular annual income for hosting the facility.

31 August 2018                                     The Nuclear Resister (USA/France)

Nuclear dump opponent jailed in France

Report on a protestor convicted after a riot at the Bure site of the proposed French geological repository, also wanted in Germany following riots there during the G20 Summit.

31 August 2018                                     US News & World Report

US Nuke Repository Eyes 2nd New Mexico Waste Trucks Route

Report that WIPP is seeking a secondary transport route that bypasses the local town of Hobbs.  Report also covered by MyPlainView, Albuquerque Journal

31 August 2018                                     Las Vegas Review Journal (USA)

Hearing set for challenge of NRC’s Yucca Mountain decisions

A federal appeals court has instructed Nevada and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to prepare motions by 15 October 2018 in the case being brought by Nevada to force new NRC Commissioner to recuse himself from decisions relating to Yucca Mountain.  Story also covered by Bloomberg , PressReader, NewsLocker, Las Vegas Sun, KTNV Channel13 News, Sacramento Bee, News Tribune

31 August 2018                                     Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

EDITORIAL: Safe and steady progress needed to finally end Monju debacle

The leading national newspaper calls on the Government to stop deferring take decisions on the disposal of radioactive waste, saying:  “No decision has been made on how to dispose of the nuclear fuel, sodium and other radioactive waste that will be produced in the decommissioning process.  Instead of postponing actions to tackle this challenge, the government should immediately embark on serious efforts to find a solution to this tough question.”

30 August 2018                                    NHK (Japan)

Decommissioning old facilities could take 70 years

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency says it could take about 70 years to decommission its oldest nuclear facilities.  The plan requires a decision on disposal sites for the radioactive waste to be made within the next 30 years.

30 August 2018                                    Bloomberg Government (USA)

Energy, Veterans Money Measure Top Priority When House Returns

Funding for Yucca Mountain amongst the key items expected to be discussed bu the US House of Representatives next week.  The Senate have declined to support funding, and there still has not been a reconciliation process to sort out the differences between the Senate and House proposed federal budgets.  Nobody is expecting the Yucca funding to be agreed this fiscal year.

30 August 2018                                    The Inertia (USA)

Environmental Group Wants Immediate Removal of Nuclear Waste From San Onofre Area

Citizens group, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, have launched a campaign to remove the radioactive waste currently planned to be kept on the San Onofre plant site, and to transfer it further inland.  Pending a permanent disposal solution, the group is concerned about the current plans to keep the waste stored within 100m of the sea.  With climate change and rising sea levels, the group is concerned that longer-term safety cannot be guaranteed.

30 August 2018                                    Chillicothe Gazette (USA)

Piketon wants hearing on waste disposal criteria for proposed on-site waste dump

Local residents want a greater say in decommissioning decisions, and believe the Department of Energy has not involved or consulted enough with the community.  Also covered by Portsmouth Daily Times

30 August 2018                                    Taipei Times (Taiwan)

Groups, legislator say pro-nuclear calls ‘unrealistic’

A proposed referendum to oppose the Government’s plan to phase out nuclear energy by 2025 has been criticised by environmental groups, citing the lack anywhere in the world of the safe disposal of radioactive waste.

29 August 2018                                    EurekAlert!

DOE study targets safer storage of nuclear waste

US Department of Energy funding research to improve longevity and safety of canister in which radioactive waste is stored.

29 August 2018                                    Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Nevada files to force NRC official’s recusal from Yucca Mountain

Nevada takes legal action against a new member of the NRC, who has denied he’s “pro-Yucca”, rather that he supports geological disposal in a suitably safe site.  Also reported by the Nevada Appeal, East Las Vegas

29 August 2018                                    Science News

Artificial intelligence could improve predictions for where quake aftershocks will hit

Data collected at Yucca Mountain from a 1992 earthquake is part of the extensive global information being collected in an AI project which seeks to predict where aftershocks will impact.  Also reported in Weekly Journalism

29 August 2018                                    MDPI (Switzerland/Korea)

Thermal Conductivity of Korean Compacted Bentonite Buffer Materials for a Nuclear Waste Repository

New research published by academic publisher which compares effectives of bentonite developed in Korea with other existing forms of bentonite.

29 August 2018                                    CAAMA (Australia)

Traditional Owners Call for Widening of Consultation Over Nuclear Waste Site in South Australia

The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) welcome deferral of local referendum on potential site of a low-level radioactive waste repository in South Australia.

28 August 2018                                    Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

Holtec vows safe transport of spent nuclear fuel to Carlsbad and Hobbs

After public concern about the transportation of radioactive waste to the proposed new temporary radioactive waste storage facility, Holtec offer new reassurances.

28 August 2018                                    The Conversation

UK nuclear industry could be a national treasure – if it tackles these key issues

The search for a GDF and the management of radioactive waste amongst issues addressed in this thought-piece.

28 August 2018                                    Inside Unmanned Systems

Charting Cleanup – Detecting Nuclear Waste

Long article looking at the developing use of robotics and drones to help map and monitor radioactive wastes.

28 August 2018                                    WRDW CBSNews12 (USA)

Nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain discussed with congressman Tuesday

South Carolina Representative discusses need to remove radioactive waste from surface storage facilities and dispose of in geological repository.

28 August 2018                                    Chemical & Engineering News

Radioactive waste stranded as U.S. shifts from nuclear energy

Another readable and comprehensive explanation of the radioactive waste debate and political impasse in the US.

28 August 2018                                    Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Assemblies make moves to reject playing host to nuclear waste

Report that 5 municipalities have issued “ordinances” that prohibit that community from hosting a GDF.  This is out of the 900+ coastal municipalities potentially affected by Japan’s current search for a site based in the first instance on geological suitability.

28 August 2018                                    New Vision (Uganda/Africa)

African states plan radioactive waste management

Representatives from 21 African countries are attending a conference organised by Uganda’s Atomic Energy Council (AEC) in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to discuss safe management of radioactive waste.  Many countries attending do not have a nuclear energy sector, but radioactive waste comes from a range of medical and industrial activities, and the conference is an opportunity to share knowledge and experience.  Also reported by PMLDaily, Africa Newswire

28 August 2018                                   The Verge (USA)

HOW A NUCLEAR STALEMATE LEFT RADIOACTIVE WASTE STRANDED ON A CALIFORNIA BEACH

Free-ranging overview of the US’ radioactive waste debate during a tour of the San Onofre facility.  Easy-to-read, comprehensive review of the issues.

27 August 2018                                    Whyalla News (Australia)

SA-BEST tours region

A project touring rural areas to hear what people have to say about reinvigorating regional South Australia is visiting Kimba, where the planned radioactive waste facility will be one of the subjects under discussion.

27 August 2018                                    Dana Pointer (USA)

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Cannot Fix Damaged Canisters of Toxic Waste

Relocating radioactive waste to new interim surface stores has been halted following a “near miss” incident.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating, but the plant operators are being criticised for not revealing the incident until after a whistleblower alerted local people.  In a San Diego Tribune article, Tom Palmisano, Chief Nuclear Officer at the plant, admitted “…if I could do it again, I would have addressed it upfront like I did with the shim issue in the first quarter.”

27 August 2018                                    NHK TV News (Japan)

Nuclear waste briefings in coastal areas

After 50 public meetings already, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy briefed officials from coastal municipalities are on geological disposal.  The main concerns are about safety of geological disposal in a country so prone to earthquakes, and how to manage local public opinion.

26 August 2018                                    Sunday Independent (South Africa)

Nuclear technology for Africa’s economic development

Fears about nuclear technology should not be dismissed, particularly regarding long-term radioactive waste management.  South Africa needs to develop its skills and experience from international community because radioactive waste comes from medical and industrial processes which South African public expect/demand regardless of whether there is a nuclear power sector.

25 August 2018                                    Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Interstate 11 would make it easier to transport waste to Yucca Mountain

View that federal funding for Yucca could also include funding for I-11 extension that would support growth and development in Las Vegas and wider area than just Nye County.

25 August 2018                                    The Columbian (Canada/USA)

Don’t reclassify toxic Hanford waste

Vancouver newspaper editorial urges progress with Yucca Mountain so that radioactive waste currently stored in Hanford close to the US-Canadian border can be removed.

24 August 2018                                    World Nuclear News

German agencies to collaborate on repositories

Germany’s federal radioactive waste company, BGE, has signed an agreement with the country’s geoscientific authority, BGR, to cooperate on site selection investigations for a high-level waste repository, as well as on the management of existing waste repositories.  BGR will provide the geological expertise BGE requires in its search for a suitable GDF location.

24 August 2018                                    Duluth News Tribune (USA)

Cautious optimism surrounds nuclear waste storage progress in Minnesota

Speaking at a public event to discuss removing radioactive waste from the Prairie Island nuclear plant, federal lawmakers say they anticipate continued House of Representatives support for restarting the Yucca Mountain project.  Rep John Shimkus, who has led congressional efforts, said that the safety of temporary dry cask storage is not in question, and that the issue of a permanent repository is about the federal government’s failed commitment to dispose spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste from defense-related activities, as spelled out in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act passed by Congress in 1982.  “It’s the right thing to do,” he said of a federal nuclear waste repository, “and we’ve allowed the federal government to thwart the law.”  Story also reported in the Republican Eagle, Woodbury Bulletin

23 August 2018                                    Reuters (Switzerland/Germany)

Daldrup & Soehne Receives Order From Nagra For Deep Drilling

German company Daldrup & Soehne have been awarded the contract to conduct borehole drilling by Swiss radioactive waste management agency NAGRA, in their search for a GDF site.  The contract could be worth up to CHF50 million over four years.

23 August 2018                                    9News (Australia)

SA nuclear vote sent to rights commission

Having secured an initial injunction halting the local referendum on a proposed low-level radioactive waste facility, the local aboriginal community have had their case referred to the Australian Human Rights Commission.  The lawyer representing the community admitted that the Commission may find the dispute falls outside their jurisdiction.  Also reported by ABC News, Rebrn, Yahoo!News, The Australian

23 August 2018                                    News & Star (UK)

‘Help protect Cumbria from nuclear waste disposal plan’

Eddie Martin, Leader of Cumbria County Council in 2013 when the County Council rejected a previous process for finding a GDF site, is asking Cumbrian Lords to press the Government to protect National Parks in a draft GDF National Policy Statement (NPS) currently being scrutinised by Parliament.  The House of Commons Select Committee has already approved the draft NPS.  Story also covered by Whitehaven News on the back of Eddie Martin’s original article on the Cumbria Trust website.  Eddie Martin published a further response to Prof Francis Livens opinion that there could be suitable geology in some parts of Cumbria, opposing the Cumbria Trust’s view that there is a blanket impossibility of finding suitable geology in any part of Cumbria.

23 August 2018                                    San Clemente Times (USA)

Public Watchdogs Aims for Lawsuit at SONGS; Citizens Oversight Looks for Injunction

Citizens group likely to seek an injunction to stop further surface storage of radioactive waste at the San Onofre nuclear facility.

22 August 2018                                    Energy Live News

Finnish firms join forces for safe management of Chinese radioactive waste

Finland exploiting its position as first country to start constructing a geological disposal facility, by providing expertise to China’s nuclear programme.  Also reported by Compelo, World Nuclear News

22 August 2018                                    APTN News (Canada)

Protesters condemn planned nuclear waste disposal facility near Ottawa River

Short video report on a small demonstration of environmentalists concerned about a proposed low-level radioactive waste facility.

22 August 2018                                    Grand Island Independent (USA)

Educational road show teaches public about shipping nuclear waste

With the resumption of shipments to WIPP, yhe US Department of Energy has organised a programme explaining the transport of radioactive waste, to help inform communities who are en route to WIPP.  Story also reported in Houston Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, WOWT Channel6 News

22 August 2018                                    The Transcontinental (Australia)

Report disputes waste management facility benefits

A report by the Australia Institute, commissioned by a conservation group, has questioned the economic benefits of the national radioactive waste management facility for the local communities, with claims the potential external economic benefit of the facility have been exaggerated.

22 August 2018                                    HLN (Belgium)

The storage of nuclear waste costs at least 8 billion euros

Belgium’s national radioactive waste management organisation NIRAS is reported to be reassessing the estimated costs for storing nuclear waste.   It is thought the costs could now be at least €8bn — substantially above the 2013 estimate of €3.2bn. The reassessment is necessary to help nuclear operators understand their financial liability.   NIRAS says that no definite number can be given yet, and the Belgian Government has not yet taken a decision on the storage and disposal of radioactive waste.  Story also covered by the Brussels Times

21 August 2018                                     East Las Vegas.Com (USA)

NOT ALL LAS VEGAS BUSINESSES OPPOSE YUCCA MOUNTAIN

Although a delegation from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce visited Washington DC to lobby against Yucca Mountain, one member of the Chamber claims the majority of members actually support Yucca.  He concludes saying that people should “get over the hysteria and grasp the opportunity at hand.”

21 August 2018                                     Bellona (Norway/Russia)

Russian scientists cataloguing radioactive waste dumped in the Arctic

Russian scientists have taken to the seas in a research vessel as part of an effort to locate and map radioactive radioactive waste dumped in the Arctic by the Soviet navy from the 1950s-1990s.  The scale of the problem was only revealed by Russia in 2011.  Norwegian observers say that since then Moscow has routinely promised to remove radioactive waste but no actual plans have yet been produced.

21 August 2018                                     Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

Stop producing nuclear waste until we can dispose of it, critics urge Canada

Environmental groups say Canada should stop producing new nuclear waste until the federal government has a plan in place to manage that waste.  They claim the current radioactive waste disposal policy is “pathetic” and needs replacing with something more meaningful and scientific.  This claim appears to ignore the scale of work of Canada’s National Waste Management Organisation (NWMO).  Story also covered by The Province, CTV News, iPolitics, St Catherine’s Standard, 570 News, Red Deer Advocate, Windsor Star, Huffington Post, Technostalls

21 August 2018                                     World Nuclear News

First permits issued for Swiss exploratory boreholes

Switzerland’s national radioactive waste management organisation NAGRA has been granted permits for carrying out the first three exploratory boreholes in its search for potential sites for a geological repository.

20 August 2018                                    UBNow (USA)

‘Hot Spots’ exhibition tackles environmental impact of radioactive waste

University of Buffalo to host exhibition, which in words of the curator: “Even if we never witness another nuclear accident or weapons attack, radioactive material will continue to grow as a result of properly functioning industries, and there are no global — or local — solutions to its safe storage or disposal. That’s why the speculative work of artists is so critical; it provides a Trojan horse into a complex political and environmental issue.”

19 August 2018                                     Aiken Standard (USA)

SRS sends five boxes of waste to New Mexico

Local relief that high-level waste stored locally has started being shipped to WIPP.

19 August 2018                                     Stuff (New Zealand)

Kiwi software company helping solve some of the world’s biggest environmental issues

Finland is using specialist 3D technology developed in New Zealand to help build its geological disposal facility.  The software was most recently used in the rescue of Thai schoolboys from deep caves, by turning the geological data known about the caves into a 3D map which helped emergency services rescue the boys.

17 August 2018                                     News First (Sri Lanka)

Will Sri Lanka become the dumping ground of Asia?

Follow up story, not reassured by Government responses to concerns that a free trade agreement with Singapore may permit transfer of radioactive and other toxic wastes to Sri Lanka, by citing an example from the 1980s of toxic pesticides being sent from Pakistan (though waste never left customs holding facility and was returned when discovered).

16 August 2018                                     WCAI Public Radio (USA)

Citizens Advisory Panel Skeptical Over Sale of Pilgrim Nuclear Powerplant

Concerns about the financial sustainability of the proposed new owner of the plant, for which citizens seek further assurances.  Current owner Entergy says it does not have the same level of expertise in decommissioning as the intended new owner Holtec International.  Holtec are the company seeking to build a temporary radioactive waste facility in New Mexico.  Both the proposed temporary facility and the sale of the Pilgrim Nuclear power station are subject to Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval.

16 August 2018                                     Australian Broadcasting Corporation

South Australian Aboriginal group wins injunction to halt nuclear ballot

The Barngarla people, the traditional owners of much of the Eyre Peninsula, have secured a temporary halt to the local referendum pending a final Court decision next Thursday (23 August).  They argue the ballot contravenes the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act.  However, the Government believes that the ballot complies with the Local Government Act, and that while the majority of the Barngarla people live outside the affected areas the federal government has been including them in the consultation process.  The proposed ballot is not binding, but forms part of the process of public consultation.  Story also covered by the Adelaide Advertiser, Green Left Weekly, 9News, Whyalla News, AntiNuclearNet, TheTranscontinental, Eyre Peninsula Tribune, News.Com.Au, SBS News, Port Lincoln Times, with further subsequent reporting by Eyre Peninsula Tribune

16 August 2018                                     Albuquerque Journal (USA)

State could block nuclear storage site near Carlsbad even if federally licensed

Local lawmakers say that despite advice from the State’s Attorney General, they can intervene in the decision-making process.  Also reported by Carlsbad Current-Argus

16 August 2018                                     EU Scoop (Bulgaria)

Bulgaria to Work on Projects with Macedonia and Hungary

Bulgaria agrees a Memorandum on Cooperation and Information Exchange on Nuclear Regulatory Issues between the Nuclear Regulatory Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Hungarian State Atomic Energy Authority, including radioactive waste management and disposal.

15 August 2018                                     Red Flag (Australia)

Waste dump bribery in SA

Describing itself as a “voice of resistance”, magazine claims economic package for the local community which hosts a proposed radioactive waste facility is just a bribe to get local people to vote in favour of the proposal.

15 August 2018                                     Politics Home (UK)

The status of new nuclear in the UK

Article from leading online political comment outlet focuses on long-term issue of radioactive waste disposal and explains UK Government policy.

15 August 2018                                     Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Sandoval urges officials to gear up to fight Yucca Mountain in 2019

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval concerned that although funding this year for Yucca Mountain has been shelved because of deadlock between the US Senate and US House of Representatives, that could change after the mid-term elections and renewed funding bids for the 2019-2020 federal budget.  Also reported by East Las Vegas.Com, KNPR and NewsLocker, and the Las Vegas Sun reports on the detail of steps being taken to sustain the state’s opposition.

14 August 2018                                     Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Senate releases nuclear report

After hearing local opinion the Australian Senate Economics References Committee have produced a report which has disappointed opponents of the proposed radioactive waste facility.  The Committee made some recommendations, eg on enhancing engagement with indigenous peoples and independently assessing land values, but have not otherwise impeded the site selection process.

14 August 2018                                     Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Hornepayne residents rally against nuclear waste storage

Sone local people organise march to express their opposition to a geological repository potentially being sited in their community.

14 August 2018                                     News 1st (Sri Lanka)

Radioactive waste heading to Sri Lanka?

TV and online reports about concerns that a recent free trade agreement between Singapore and Sri Lanka will allow radioactive waste to be imported to Sri Lanka.

13 August 2018                                     Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

TV and the Bomb

A look at how TV programming has influenced the public’s ‘nuclear fear’, and how cultural and media reference points are still rooted in the cold war.

13 August 2018                                     Port Lincoln Times (Australia)

SA could be world clean energy capital

Article setting out how South Australia could embrace low-carbon and renewable energy industries, including nuclear.

13 August 2018                                     Port Lincoln Times (Australia)

Port options bring discussion close to home

With the federal government now indicating that radioactive waste may need to pass through local ports, a newspaper editorial questions whether the impact on communities far away from the proposed radioactive waste facility site in Kimba/Hawker should have been considered sooner in the process.  The story is also picked up by the Eyre Peninsula Tribune

13 August 2018                                     New Scientist                  

Ancient natural nuclear reactors show how to store radioactive waste

Scientists are using information on the decay of radioactive elements from a 2-billion year old naturally-formed ‘nuclear reactor’ underneath modern-day Gabon in Africa to inform how best to manage disposal of higher activity radioactive wastes.  Story also covered by Discover Magazine, Phys.Org, Forbes Magazine, Physics World, Advocator

13 August 2018                                   Sudbury Star (Canada)

Buried nuclear waste poses no explosion threat

Member of the local Community Liaison Committee concerned that misinformation from opponents to the planned geological repository is a greater risk to the project than an explosion or terrorist attack.

13 August 2018                                   Premium Times (Nigeria)

After PREMIUM TIMES report, contractors complete abandoned projects at Nigeria’s Nuclear Technology Centre

Newspaper claims success in its campaign to reveal corruption and to force authorities to re-start work at the Centre which houses Nigeria’s radioactive waste management facility.

10 August 2018                                   The European Sting/World Economic Forum

Radioactive nuclear waste is a global threat. These scientists may have a new solution

Report on work by past and current CERN scientists to find ways of reducing radioactivity of nuclear waste.  UK and other countries pressing ahead with geological disposal until a better alternative method is discovered, and are monitoring/sponsoring research into such new techniques.

10 August 2018                                   Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Communities waste no time questioning nuclear future

Report on the final public meeting before a local referendum on whether to host a low-level radioactive waste facility.  Local farmer David Schmidt who chairs the Kimba Economic Working Group (and is pro-facility) noted that: “As a community, I think we are all across it now and ready for the vote.  Everybody has told us how safe this is, and how regulated this industry is, but everyone is entitled to their opinion, whatever it may be.”  Kimba Consultative Committee member and chair of the No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba and SA Peter Woodford said uncertainty about transport routes remained, but that people had been “very respectful throughout the whole process”.  Mr Woodford’s concerns surround land values and the ‘nuclear’ stigma which may hinder the Eyre Peninsula’s reputation as being “clean and green” agricultural land.

9 August 2018                                     Kincardine News (Canada)

NWMO introducing nuclear waste plan education to youth

Review of how Canada’s National Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) has been engaging with young people in potential host communities for their GDF.

9 August 2018                                     Baltic Course (Lithuania)

Lithuania’s Ignalina NPP calls tender for waste repository’s technical supervision

Lithuania’s Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant has published a tender for the procurement of technical supervision and engineering services to support the planned near-surface repository for low and intermediate level radioactive waste.  It is thought that the Lithuanians will invite tenders for the construction of the facility in October.  The repository plans have been developed in conjunction with ANDRA of France, with the facility die to be opened in 2023.

8 August 2018                                     Bloomberg News

Holtec Nuclear Waste Project’s Opponents Seek Role for New Mexico

Further coverage of concern that the State authorities have little say in the the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensing process of the proposed temporary radioactive waste storage facility.

8 August 2018                                      Mirage News (Australia)

MUA Says No To Nuclear Ports In South Australia

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), which has a long-standing anti-nuclear stance, has said it will not ship radioactive waste to the proposed South Australia disposal facility.

8 August 2018                                      Kitchissippi Times (Canada)

Celebrate the Ottawa River in music and song

Beach music festival to showcase local talent organised as a way to raise public awareness of the alleged risks of storing radioactive waste in the vicinity if the Ottawa River.

7 August 2018                                      Ocean Beach Rag (USA)

Speak Out Against the Nuke Dump on the Beach at San Onofre

Public hearings this week being run by the California State Lands Commission as part of the process for producing an Environmental Impact Report on the San Onofre decommissioning project.  Report on the public hearing can be read in The Coast News, Courthouse News

7 August 2018                                      Vermont Public Radio (USA)

Closing The Lid At Vermont Yankee: What’s Next For Sealed Nuclear Waste

Dispassionate 10-minute analysis of how radioactive waste is being stored, local public reaction, and future disposal.  On-site interim surface storage facilities are across road from a primary school, and most local people more concerned about economic impact of nuclear site closure.

7 August 2018                                      Port Pirie Recorder (Australia)

Senior public servant rejects fears about radioactive waste handling at Port Pirie

Concerns about sea transport of radioactive waste addressed in this article.

7 August 2018                                      Whyalla News (Australia)

Slow down nuclear process: Sweeney

Environmentalist calls on Government to delay decision on siting a low-level radioactive waste facility.

7 August 2018                                       Business News Western Australia

Calls for nuclear waste facility in WA

Claims that a site in Western Australia is better location for planned low-level radioactive waste facility in South Australia.

6 August 2018                                      Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Nuclear information session in Kimba

Last opportunity provided for residents to raise questions before the local referendum.

6 August 2018                                      New Civil Engineer (UK)

Nuclear experts back plan to bury waste under national parks

Nuclear experts have come out in support of government proposals to bury nuclear waste under national parks.

6 August 2018                                      Open Access Government (USA)

Why should we care about radioiodine in the environment?

Radioiodine poses most of the calculated risk of all radionuclides from radioactive waste sites that can potentially reach the natural and human environment, according to two academics in this analysis focusing on the pathways and posing questions about radioiodine mobility in the environment today.

5 August 2018                                      International Business Times (India)

Watch: Nuclear waste containers put through demanding tests to see if they will fail

First reported by GDFWatch in March, the safe transport of radioactive waste has been tested in a 14,500 mile journey.  This article includes video of other tests assessing strength of canisters to withstand accidents and high-speed crashes.  Story also covered in US by Popular Mechanics, The Verge

4 August 2018                                      Modern Diplomacy (Europe)

China- Africa Framework: Strategic Cooperation   Building a nuclear industry in Africa

Two articles looking at China and Russia strategic ambitions in Africa, mention fears that their activities are not benign and that Africa may become a “nuclear waste dumping ground”.

3 August 2018                                      InDaily (Australia)

Traditional owners “locked out” of nuclear waste vote

The head of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association says the majority of Adnyamathanha people have been denied a vote on a proposed radioactive waste management facility near the town of Hawker.  Voting in the local referendum is for anyone who lives within 50km of the proposed site, and only 300 of the 2500 tribe members live within the 50km radius.  The federal government believes it is being fair and reasonable to all those most impacted by the potential site.  This story also covered by the UK’s Cumbria Trust.

3 August 2018                                      Bloomberg News (USA)

Environmental Riders Hobbling Efforts to Finish First Minibus

Reports that continued Congressional disputes over funding for Yucca Mountain threaten passage of other federal budget legislation.

3 August 2018                                      Whyalla News (Australia)

Nuclear process ‘secrecy’

An Australian Centre Senator has likened the secrecy around the proposed nuclear waste facility in South Australia to Soviet-era Russia.  This was disputed by the federal government which says it needs ‘broad community support’ for the facility, but Senator Patrick claimed the community is confused about what that means.  The local Task Force Leader said the specifics around the site selection process were ‘not a secret’, and that “All I know from talking to the community is that they want this ballot.”

3 August 2018                                      KTVN CBS News2 (USA)

Heller, Rosen Far Apart on Many Issues

Televised debate between the two Nevada candidates for November’s US Senate elections includes debate on Yucca Mountain.

3 August 2018                                      London Free Press (Canada)

Concerns raised about spent nuclear fuel shipments

Local Canadian MP wants answers to concerns that US may be planning to transport spent nuclear fuel through Canada.  Story also covered by Port Huron Times HeraldCommon Dreams

3 August 2018                                      Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP: Shipments to grow by end of August, air system ongoing

WIPP planing to accept 10% more shipments of waste for disposal in the coming year.  Since reopening the facility last year, over 320 packages have been placed underground.  Plans are to increase this to nearer 400 deposits in the coming year.

3 August 2018                                      Sault Ste Marie Star (Canada)

Nuclear waste debate divides Northern town

Report on the local debate in Hornepayne, one of the identified areas to potentially host the Canadian deep geological repository.

3 August 2018                                      Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Proposed nuclear waste facility has South Australian towns divided as locals prepare for ballot

Another review of the local debate ahead of the planned local referendum.

2 August 2018                                      Navajo Times (USA)

2 get VP’s attention on transport of uranium waste

Attempts by activists within Navajo community to stop rail transport of radioactive waste through their lands.

2 August 2018                                      San Francisco Chronicle (USA)

Lack of New Mexico say in nuclear waste project draws ire

New Mexico lawmaker chairing the legislative committee investigating Holtec International’s proposed temporary radioactive waste facility is concerned by the State’s Attorney General’s lacklustre response to the powers available to New Mexico to block the proposal.  Story also covered by NJ.Com, KUNM, Albuquerque Journal

2 August 2018                                      The Mainichi (Japan)

NRA OKs plan to bury radioactive waste from nuke plant decommissioning for 100,000 yrs

As Japan holds public consultations on the appropriate geology for geological disposal, the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) have published their first ever standards for disposal of higher activity radioactive waste.  These new standards have been published in draft form, subject to their own public consultation.

2 August 2018                                      KPBS (USA)

Former NRC Chief Says San Onofre’s Nuclear Waste May Never Be Moved

Greg Jaczko, who headed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) when the San Onofre power station was shut down in 2012, has said Southern California Edison should stop burying nuclear waste next to the beach.  This was because, in the absence of a long-term solution, plans to move the waste elsewhere may never materialise and the material may end up there more permanently, and because the power company were not siting the waste canisters sufficiently high above anticipated rising sea levels.

2 August 2018                                      New Vision (Uganda)

Security personnel trained in radioactive waste management

Uganda’s Atomic Energy Council (AEC) has started training of police, army and transport sector workers in the handling and transporting of radioactive waste.

2 August 2018                                      The Transcontinental (Australia)

State government urged to block nuclear facility

With a local referendum looming in which residents will decide whether they wish to host a radioactive waste facility, conservation groups have submitted a 10,000-signature petition asking the South Australis state government to intervene and over-rule any local decision in favour of hosting the facility.

2 August 2018                                       Alibi (USA)

MORE THAN OUR SHARE: Proposed waste storage site meets opposition

Analysis of debate around the proposed temporary radioactive waste storage facility in New Mexico.

1 August 2018                                       KRWG Public Radio (USA)

Holtec International Answers Questions over Proposed Nuclear Waste Site

30-minute radio interview with senior Holtec International executive, talking about the company’s proposed temporary radioactive waste storage facility in New Mexico.

1 August 2018                                       Standard & Poors Global

Entergy to sell Pilgrim, Palisades to JV decommissioning company

Holtec International is buying up power plants in US to decommission, promising to do the job more quickly and more cheaply.  Their assumptions in part based on regulatory approval for their planned temporary radioactive waste storage facility in New Mexico.  Story covered by Boston Globe, Albany Times Union, News Tribune, Asbury Park Press, WBUR, NewJersey.Com, NJ Spotlight, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Compelo, Rhode Island Public Radio, State Impact Pennsylvania, Brattleboro Reformer, Westchester Journal News

1 August 2018                                       Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

WIPP wins big at national mine rescue competition

Report on the success of the facility’s team, and its trainer as he’s inducted into the Mine Rescue Hall of Fame.

1 August 2018                                       Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

Attorney general: New Mexico has little say in Holtec proposal

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said the State has limited power to stop the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from licensing the proposed temporary radioactive waste storage facility.  Also covered by Charlotte Observer

31 July 2018                                          The Guardian (UK)

Allow nuclear waste disposal under national parks, say MPs

Widespread coverage of the UK’s Business Select Committee approval for the draft GDF National Policy Statement (NPS).  The Select Committee is a group of MPs who provide Parliamentary oversight of the Government’s pans and activities.  The NPS sets out the framework within which future planning decisions on the GDF will operate.  As the report notes, this planning process is separate to the siting process.  You can read more about the Committee’s Report and its recommendations here.  Media coverage wholly focused on public fears rather than actual realities, alleging contrary to evidence that the “government plans” to “bury” radioactive waste in one of the UK’s most environmentally-protected zones.  National media coverage includes: Sky News, The Independent, Daily TelegraphDaily Mailinews, HuffPost UK , Socialist Party magazineDaily Mail (cartoon).  Local/regional coverage in The Herald ScotlandNews & Star, Devon Live, Plymouth HeraldCumbria Trust, Radiation Free Lakeland.  Trade media coverage in Utility WeekEnergy Voice, Carbon Brief, New Civil Engineer, Business Green, Planning Resource, Energy Live News, ProLandscaper, Grough, CIWM Journal, EdieNet.  Even international media coverage on Xinhua, RT News, World Nuclear News

31 July 2018                                          Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Kimba goes ahead with vote

Local council approves local referendum on whether to host a low-level radioactive waste repository.

31 July 2018                                          Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Debate over nuclear waste facility in SA intensifies ahead of vote

3-minute radio report on the local debate in Kimba area, as Minister visits area to satisfy himself that local people have all the information they want to make an informed decision at the pending local referendum.  Story also covered in Eyre Peninsula Tribune.

30 July 2018                                         La Menace Theoriste (France)

Should we bury our radioactive waste?

Account by an environmental activist of a tour of the underground facilities at Bure, being built in preparation for the disposal of France’s radioactive waste.  While still uncertain about whether geological disposal is the best option, the writer acknowledges that open-ness, transparent and public engagement are necessary to build trust and faith in the project.

28 July 2018                                         Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

COMMENTARY: Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Yucca Mountain

Editorial analysing previous ruling by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and concludes he is not “anti-Yucca”, but that his ruling simply said federal agencies must comply with the law.

28 July 2018                                         GeologyIn

Can Radioactive Waste Be Immobilized in Glass for Millions of Years?

Article looking at the research being done at Rutger University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering to improve long-term safety of radioactive waste.

28 July 2018                                         Albuquerque Journal (USA)

Sandia researchers study spent nuclear fuel storage

Article looking at how research scientists are examining and developing casks to safely store radioactive waste.

27 July 2018                                          World Nuclear News

Mission reviews Chernobyl waste management

IAEA experts have completed a review of the feasibility study for the creation and location of new radioactive waste management and storage facilities at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

26 July 2018                                         Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

We tend not to carry letters to the editors normally, but on this occasion there is a collection of letters from local residents which seem to convey the balance of opinions and issues of importance to the local community.

26 July 2018                                         Fox5 (USA)

Sen. Dean Heller working to keep Yucca Mountain from reviving

Nevada Senator talking about how he negotiated funding for Yucca out of the 2019 Federal budget.

25 July 2018                                         AntiNuclearNet (Australia)

Waste dump for Kimba- nuclear bonanza or nuclear sacrifice zone?

A blog summarising both sides of the debate presented at recent public hearings.

25 July 2018                                         Las Cruces Sun News (USA)

Las Cruces City Council approves resolution opposing nuclear storage facility

Las Cruces becomes latest city to narrowly pass resolutions opposed to the transport of radioactive waste to the proposed new temporary waste storage facility.  Some City Councilors had wanted to amend the resolution because they were not opposed to the facility in principle but wanted further tests and assessments carried out.  However, an amended resolution was not allowed.  Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima said the project provided no benefits to people outside that area:  “There’s really no upside to Las Cruces.  The downsides could be huge. [My interest] is the safety and welfare of Las Cruces residents.”   Story also covered by  ABC News7, KRWG Public Radio, Albuquerque Journal, US News & World Report

24 July 2018                                         Politics Home (UK)

NIA comment on article by Alan Brown MP

Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) Chief Executive Tom Greatrex responds to claims the Government has no plans for managing radioactive waste.

24 July 2018                                         PML Daily (Uganda)

Energy ministry in radioactive waste handling training

Report on IAEA-supported training for Ugandan staff as the country prepares for its own civil nuclear programme.  Also covered by Daily Monitor

24 July 2018                                         ABC News (Australia)

Multimillion-dollar incentive put on the table for town that takes on nuclear waste facility

Australian federal government have announced an increase from Aus$10m to Aus$31m in the long-term investment package associated with hosting a radioactive waste repository.  Green Party poll finds majority of South Australians opposed to proposal — except those living closest to the site.  Story also covered by Whyalla News, The Transcontinental, Eyre Peninsula Tribune

23 July 2018                                         Forbes Magazine

Radiation And The Value Of A Human Life

Report on the debate within the US medical profession about safe levels of radiation at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS).  HPS represents the group of scientists most responsible for protecting us from the harms of radiation. They argue that rad limits have been set so low that they can cause more harm than good, unnecessarily costing hundreds of billions of dollars that could be used in more productive ways to save lives.

23 July 2018                                         Las Vegas Review Journal (USA)

Yucca Mountain revival efforts appear dead – for now

Congressional committee resolving differences between Senate and House of Representatives’ budgets has dropped funding request for Yucca.  No further movement expected until after midterm elections in November.  Also reported locally by NBC News4, KDWN, WBZW, and further afield by the Miami Herald, US News & World Report, Newstral

23 July 2018                                         Yonhap News Agency (Korea)

Gov’t to nurture 800 experts in nuclear sector

Korean Government commits to training and developing sufficient people with expertise in decommissioning and radioactive waste management, to ensure the country’s nuclear fleet can be safely decommissioned and waste disposed of.

22 July 2018                                          Daily Post (UK)

Centre that will train up a generation set to be given go ahead

A planning application for a new “world-class” infrastructure skills training centre on Anglesey, tied to the new Wylfa nuclear power station, gives some an indication of the sort of additional activity hosting a GDF might offer a community.  The proposed training centre is designed to deliver many of the skills requirements associated with the construction stages of major infrastructure projects.

21 July 2018                                          Reno Gazette Journal (USA)

Heller says he backs Trump court nominee despite 2013 opinion that advanced Yucca Mountain

Widely-seen as the most vulnerable Republican Senator facing re-election this November, Nevada’s Dean Heller backs Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Story also covered by Las Vegas Review-Journal, KOH-AM Newstalk

20 July 2018                                         TB NewsWatch (Canada)

More nuclear waste test drilling planned for Ignace area

Having completed the first test 1000m borehole (the core samples taken will take about a year to analyse), an article explains next steps and the need for up to 20 boreholes to collect all the necessary information about the areas’s geological suitability.

20 July 2018                                         Realnoe Vremya (Russia)

Russian Rosatom dominates global nuclear energy market

Biggest long-term risk to Rosatom is the amount of radioactive waste to which it is contractually-obliged to manage and dispose of.

20 July 2018                                         Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

Scoping meeting on Holtec held in Hobbs

Continued opposition to Holtec’s plans for a temporary radioactive waste facility in New Mexico expressed at the latest of many public hearings into the proposals.  Story also covered by KRWG National Public Radio New Mexico, KOB News4, KRQE

20 July 2018                                         Durham Region (Canada)

The Pickering nuclear plant’s explosive secret

Pending a permanent geological disposal facility, activists are concerned that proposed surface interim storage facilities are not being built to protect against rocket, bomb or aircraft attacks.

19 July 2018                                          Yale Environmental 360 (USA)

Why Nuclear Power Must Be Part of the Energy Solution

Pulitzer prize winner sets out a case for nuclear energy, and recognises that radioactive waste management is the key public issue to address.

19 July 2018                                          Clipper28 (India)

Govt elaborates in Parliament on nuclear waste disposal

Replying to a Parliamentary Question, Indian Government reveals there have been no radiation leaks in past three years, and that India’s multi-barrier protection systems are in line with international best practice.

19 July 2018                                          Laka (Holland)

Council of State examines nuclear waste NRG Petten

Activist concern that the approved radioactive waste disposal method is driven by cost rather than environmental considerations.

19 July 2018                                          San Clemente Times (USA)

Op-Ed: What’s Next for SONGS? A Surfer’s Perspective from Inside the Offline Nuclear Power Plant

Environmental activist reports on his tour of San Onofre nuclear site, focusing on the radioactive waste storage and disposal options.  Reluctantly accepts that waste will be stored on site for foreseeable future in interim surface storage facilities, but notes that public will pressure government for a permanent geological disposal solution: “Long-term, the U.S. government needs to address the situation and figure out a way to get nuclear waste out of communities and into safe, secure storage. That’s really where the fight will be in the months and years to come.”

18 July 2018                                          NewsWire (Canada)

The Nuclear Waste Management Organisation issues Reconciliation Statement collaboratively with Indigenous Elders and youth

Canada’s organisation (NWMO) responsible for finding a GDF site is leading the way towards reconciliation by acknowledging historical wrongs in Canada’s past.  The 2015 Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015 recommended the corporate sector build respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples.  According to tribal elder Dian Longboat, “the NWMO is demonstrating leadership by interweaving First Nation and Métis voices and Indigenous Knowledge systems into its ongoing work.  Taking an active role in reconciliation and responding to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will serve the NWMO well as it works to build meaningful relationships founded on mutual trust and collaboration with First Nation and Métis peoples, their organisations and communities.”

17 July 2018                                           ANDRA (France)

Signature of a partnership agreement between Andra and its German counterpart BGE

As Germany restarts its process of setting up a deep disposal site for highly radioactive waste, a 5-year agreement signed with France’s ANDRA so that Germany can learn from France’s experience.

17 July 2018                                           Carlsbad Current-Argus (USA)

Opposition rallies ahead of public hearing on Holtec site

Public encouraged to participate in further planned public hearings, as this article sets out key arguments being placed for and against the proposed temporary radioactive waste facility.

17 July 2018                                          US Department of Energy

WIPP’s Young Professionals Group Builds Career Paths, Supports Community

Social media posting of how younger staff at WIPP are engaged in exchanging learning across sites and disciplines, and working with the local community.

16 July 2018                                          Eyre Peninsula Tribune (Australia)

Kimba workshop to be held for small-medium businesses

Potential business opportunities presented for local companies if proposed radioactive waste facility is constructed.  Story also covered by The Transcontinental

16 July 2018                                          Ahval News (Turkey)

Erdoğan becomes sole authority over Turkey’s nuclear energy

Concerns about the independence of the new Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NDK) which Turkish President Erdoğan has established and placed under his sole control, and uncertainty about the future role of the Turkey Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK), which will now only be responsible for the disposal of nuclear waste.  Under the new regulatory regime radioactive waste will need be kept at the lowest possible levels, and will be stored on the Akkuyu nuclear plant — although Rosatom, which is building the power plant, has previously said it would be moving the radioactive waste to Russia.

16 July 2018                                         Albuquerque Journal (USA)

Editorial: NMED, speak up on Holtec

Concern that state authorities are not applying the same regulatory rigour to the proposed Holtec temporary facility as they did when WIPP was a proposed radioactive waste disposal facility.

16 July 2018                                          Fox5 Las Vegas (USA)

Community leaders to advocate for Nevada on Capitol Hill

Opposition to Yucca amongst key issues to be raised in Washington by a local delegation.  Also covered by Las Vegas Review-Journal

15 July 2018                                          The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Rooppur Power Plant: No worries over safety

At the inauguration ceremony for Bangladesh’s new nuclear power plant, the Prime Minister says that Russia will take responsibility for the disposal of the radioactive waste.  Story also covered by BD News 24

15 July 2018                                          Oil Price (Russia)

Why Nuclear Energy Is Critical For Russia

In an article discussing the financial and geopolitical benefits for Russia of Rosatom’s commercial success, a warning that the contractual commitments Rosatom has made regarding radioactive waste management and the security costs and requirements of guarding that waste may create problems in the longer term.

14 July 2018                                          Politico (USA)

Yucca-ing it up

Report on the Congressional visit to the Yucca Mountain site.  Similar coverage also in Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun, Nevada Independent, East Las Vegas, Newstral, Texas Energy Report, USA Breaking News Net, US & World News, Biz Dailies, Radwaste Monitor. One of the participating Congressmen, Jeff Duncan, also issued a press release in support of the Yucca Mountain site.  Visit covered by Australian media outlet Hot Copper

13 July 2018                                          Liberation (France)

More than 1 million m3 of radioactive materials and waste in France

Report on the publication of the latest update on France’s radioactive waste inventory, explaining where the waste is held and plans for its geological disposal.  Story also covered by 20 Minutes and Le Monde

12 July 2018                                          Albuquerque Journal (USA)

Lawmaker says he can’t get info on waste plan

A New Mexico state legislator is concerned that he has still not yet had responses to the almost 60 questions he sent to the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this year, questions about Holtec International’s proposed temporary radioactive waste storage site.  Story also covered by KRWG Public Radio New Mexico

12 July 2018                                          KSL Utah (USA)

Radioactive dirt and a truck fire: Critics call it a disaster in waiting

Truck carrying low-level radioactive waste catches fire in Utah, provides environmentalists with opportunity to highlight their concerns about transport of radioactive waste.  No radiation leak or risk to public health reported.  Also reported by CBS Channel 2 KUTV, WRAL

12 July 2018                                          Las Vegas Sun (USA)

Longtime Yucca Mountain supporter eyes site as funding fight simmers

Review and update of political activity relating to Yucca Mountain:  Congressional discussions to reconcile House willingness to fund Yucca project with Senate’s refusal to do so; Congressional visit to Yucca site; Nevada considering legal action against Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) after new member declines to recuse himself from decision on Yucca — Nevada claim he has previously made pro-Yucca comments and is therefore conflicted, while he says he has not commented specifically on Yucca and his alleged comments refer to his support generally for geological disposal rather than any specific site.

11 July 2018                                          Utility Week (UK)

Nuclear waste plants could be built in national parks

Under a lurid headline, a factual report of Energy Minister Richard Harrington’s appearance before the Select Committee inquiry into the draft GDF National Policy Statement (NPS).  Harrington said: “We have to look at all possible sites where communities want it. It would be very wrong to exclude them at the moment.”  He added that the acceptability of the individual facilities would depend on the impact that it had on the landscape of the area, citing a new potash mine in North Yorkshire, which has involved very little surface development, as an example of what can be achieved in an environmentally sensitive location.  “If it [GDF] was a huge 1km industrial building in the middle of a national park that wouldn’t be acceptable.”  BEIS also responded to Committee scepticism of the consent-based approach to finding a site, saying that pursuing a Plan B at this stage would undermine the approach.  Hearings also covered for US audiences by Radwaste Monitor

10 July 2018                                         The Transcontinental (Australia)

Senate hears from Hawker community

Review of the public hearings being held in which local residents and environmental groups have given their views on a low-level radioactive waste facility ahead of a local referendum in August.

10 July 2018                                         Toronto Now (Canada)

Pickering’s nuclear waste problem just got bigger

Lack of a geological repository for the disposal of radioactive waste is one the key factors in environmentalists opposition to a proposed extension to the operating licence of local nuclear plant, amid their concerns about safety of how existing waste will be stored on the Pickering site.

10 July 2018                                         New York Times

Brett Kavanaugh Likely to Bring Pro-Business Views to Supreme Court

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee would appear to be pro-Yucca Mountain.   Listing Kavanaugh’s previous judgements, the NY Times reports he ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had wrongly delayed licensing the radioactive waste storage facility in Nevada.  His “Yucca” record also reported in Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Nevada Independent.  NY Times subsequently published more detailed analysis.

9 July 2018                                           Independent Australia

Matt Canavan’s ‘urgent’ new nuclear waste dump: The devil is in the detail

Environmentalist claims Government has not reviewed all available options for disposal of radioactive waste.

9 July 2018                                           San Francisco Bay View (USA)

Nuclear power in Africa?

Political critic of Rwanda’s President alleges, without evidence, that the US is seeking a “dumping ground” in Africa for its radioactive waste.

7 July 2018                                           La Tribune (France)

The heavy legacy of nuclear waste

Largely factual summary of the debate in France on what to do with its radioactive waste, and ANDRA’s plans to construct a geological repository at Bure.

7 July 2018                                           Hankyoreh (Korea)

March for a nuclear-free world

Short report on an annual “pilgrimage” walk in South Korea calling for the dismantlement of all nuclear power plants and facilities as well as the safe disposal of nuclear waste.

7 July 2018                                           Albuquerque Journal (USA)

Editorial: Critics should cool their jets on Holtec canisters

Local newspaper comes out in support of proposed temporary radioactive waste facility, citing a Californian environmentalist group which said this was the best available option.

7 July 2018                                           Albuquerque Journal (USA)

WIPP lands 90% of performance-based fees

Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP), the contractor managing the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has been awarded more than US$10.7m in performance-related fees by the US Department of Energy (90 percent of the available performance-based fees for the 2017 fiscal year).  In its performance review the DoE gives NWP an “excellent” in mission performance and “very good” in four other categories: regulatory compliance, management performance, safety and health performance and cost control.

7 July 2018                                          ABC TV (Australia)

Cultural genocide or a great economic opportunity? Nuclear waste facility divides traditional owners

Disagreement between tribal elders over whether a proposed radioactive waste facility insults traditions or creates much-needed work.  Also covered by AntinuclearNet

6 July 2018                                         Antinuclear Net (Australia)

Jodie Joyce – another true believer in the National Radioactive Waste Facility for Kimba

Appears to be the written submission of a local resident to the current Australian Senate Hearings into the proposed radioactive waste facility, in which she explains how open the public consultation and discussions actually are in this small community.  She is critical of outsiders and some within the community:  “There have been many mis informed media representations portraying our small community as divided, this has continued to put us in the wrong light …Those of us who are Adults are entitled to vote however we decide this is our chosen right … I personally hope that they will keep their negative thoughts to themselves and let Kimba’s residents make their own informed decisions.”  other submissions from residentsThe website also publishes in favour of the facility.

6 July 2018                                         The Australian

Traditional owners slam selection process

Concern expressed at Senate Hearing that Government has conducted an “ineffective, inappropriate and incomplete” Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment in its search for a low-level radioactive waste facility.

6 July 2018                                         Whyalla News (Australia)

Senator talks nuclear

Western Australian politician wants his area included in federal government consultations on where to site a radioactive waste facility, saying there is substantial local support for such a facility in the area.

6 July 2018                                         UKRINFORM (Ukraine)

Poroshenko signs decree on revival of Chornobyl zone

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree which includes additional measures for safe management of radioactive waste.  Also covered by Kyiv Post

6 July 2018                                         EU News (Slovakia)

State aid: Commission approves reductions of nuclear levy for electro-intensive users in Slovakia

The EU will allow Slovakia to reduce payments into the fund set up to cover the country’s nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management costs.  The reduced payments will only be for major industrial users “exposed to international trade”, as a way for Slovakia to help some of its main exporting businesses remain competitive.

6 July 2018                                         Politics Home (UK)

BEIS Committee members visit Sellafield site to see the massive task of cleaning up the UK’s nuclear legacy

Upbeat report on the Committee’s visit to Cumbria as part of their information-gathering and preparation for the Inquiry into the draft GDF National Policy Statement.

5 July 2018                                         GhanaWeb

Nuclear energy is the key to Ghana’s industrialization

Reliable radioactive waste management technologies are an important ‘reassurance’ as Ghanaian Minister sets out case for nuclear’s role in driving Ghana’s modernisation and economic growth.

5 July 2018                                         9 News (Australia)

Community weighs in on SA waste dump

At a public hearing in Kimba, members of the Australian Senate’s Economics Reference Committee heard from both sides of the debate about whether to site a low-level radioactive waste facility in the area.  No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba, a group made up of 240 members, believes the consultation has been mishandled by the government.  However a local farmer, pointing to a local referendum in which 57% of residents voted in favour of proceeding with the project, said anti-nuclear groups speaking out against the plan had no accountability for their claims: “No matter how well-consulted, how robust the science is or how clear the consent from the local community is, the well-established anti-nuclear movement will attack the process from another angle.”  Story also covered by Whyalla News

5 July 2018                                        The Transcontinental (Australia)

Aboriginal employment at Wallerberdina Station site

Thirty Adnyamathanha community members were employed at the Wallerberdina Station site for the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility from mid-April to June.  Co-Chair of the Economic Working Group Malcolm McKenzie said he hopes the potential facility will boost employment for the local Aboriginal community: “If the new facility goes ahead, there will be 45 new jobs. I can see Aboriginal people having many opportunities to participate. It would be great news all around.”

4 July 2018                                        Brattleboro Reformer (USA)

Feds make no promises on Vermont Yankee fuel

In absence of disposal options, radioactive waste may stay on site in Vermont.  Story also covered in the Greenfield Recorder

4 July 2018                                        Infrastructure & Projects Authority (UK)

Buried in the annex (Annex D, page 21) of the Authority’s Annual Report published today is the IPA’s review of the GDF, in which they have raised their risk assessment to Amber/Red: Successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas. Urgent action is needed to address these problems and/or assess whether resolution is feasible.

4 July 2018                                        The SandPaper (USA)

Exelon Targeting 2023 for Spent Nuclear Fuel Removal at Oyster Creek: Will Begin Full Dismantling of Nuclear Power Plant in 2075

In absence of a geological disposal facility, it has been announced that radioactive waste will be kept on the New Jersey site for 60 years.  The safety and management of the process is explained in this local newspaper story.  Story also covered in Power Magazine, WHYY, KVEO, Asbury Park Press

4 July 2018                                        India Today

SC grants 4 more years for Kudankulam nuclear plant to construct waste tank, activists raise safety concerns

India’s Supreme Court grants a 4-year extension until 2022 for the construction of a required radioactive waste and spent fuel storage facility.  Also covered by The News Minute, LiveMint, New Indian Express

3 July 2018                                        Taiwan News

Dip in China’s CO2 emissions sparks cautious optimism

Analysis of China’s energy programme and Chinese public opinion on the issues notes that most Chinese people either trust that the radioactive waste problem can be solved, or they simply don’t care.

3 July 2018                                        Albany Times Union (USA)

Niskayuna supervisor confident on Knolls atomic debris storage plans

Local agreement on continued surface storage of higher activity radioactive waste at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in New York state, pending removal of waste for disposal at WIPP.

3 July 2018                                        The Engineer (UK)

Space particles help detect uranium and manage nuclear material

British scientists have developed and are deploying a new way of assessing the safety of radioactive waste, which is less intrusive and much cheaper than current practices.  The Muon Imaging System (MIS) “can be used for a variety of purposes, whether that’s inspecting old/spent material used in nuclear production to see if it’s safe to store … or inspecting historic waste without needing to chip away its concrete encasing.  This form of detection is providing the nuclear industry with an inexpensive method for testing waste materials, to which there is currently no other technological option. This should help to significantly lower costs within the nuclear industry,” according to Prof Ralf Kaiser, CEO of Lynkeos, the company established by the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) to commercialise the scientific breakthrough.  Story also reported by World Nuclear News, Phys.Org

3 July 2018                                        Online Opinion (Australia)

Aboriginal First Nations and Australia’s pro-nuclear ‘environmentalists’

Article by anti-nuclear campaigner setting out arguments that have been deployed on both sides of debate about South Australia hosting radioactive waste facilities.

3 July 2018                                        Taiwan News

Taiwan still unable to find US company willing to take radioactive waste

Taiwan still cannot find either a domestic or international  solution to disposal of its low-level radioactive waste.

3 July 2018                                        Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

NRC member rejects Nevada request to sit out Yucca Mountain proceedings

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) member whose impartiality on the Yucca Mountain project was challenged by Nevada has refused a request that he recuse himself from any proceedings related to the proposed nuclear waste repository.  Story also covered by the Nevada Appeal, Exchange Monitor

3 July 2018                                        Las Vegas Review-Journal (USA)

Congressional delegation to tour Yucca Mountain in Nevada

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from US House of Representatives, who support permanent storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain will visit the site on 14 July.  This is the first such congressional tour since 2015.  Also reported in San Francisco Chronicle, NewsLocker, San Luis Obispo Tribune, Democratic Underground, Wopular.  Story updated on 12 July, just ahead of the visit, by Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada Independent

2 July 2018                                        Tehran Times (Iran)

115 tons of medical waste produced daily in Tehran province

Report on scale of problems in safe disposal of medical waste notes the medical sources of radioactive waste that needs specialised management.

2 July 2018                                        CGTN (China)

Study finds crucial clue for safe storage of nuclear waste

Report on research which inhibits water transport of radioactivity in waste stored in a GDF.  Story also covered by ECNS

2 July 2018                                        Devdiscourse (UK)

New chair appointed to UK’s Committee for Radioactive Waste Management

Coverage of UK government’s announcement also in Energy Live News

1 July 2018                                         Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

EDITORIAL: Junking nuke fuel reprocessing plant offers no margin for error

Following the decision to decommission Japan’s nuclear reprocessing plant, leading national newspaper urges a cautious approach because “drums of radioactive wastewater are piled up in a disorderly manner in the spent fuel pool, apparently a sign that the operator never thought about the possibility of the plant being scrapped.”  However, paper notes the national opportunities and interest and that handing down “experience and expertise concerning the business of nuclear decommissioning to future generations will offer immeasurable long-term benefits for the nation.”

1 July 2018                                        Albuquerque Journal (USA)

Holtec’s storage plan isn’t worth the risk

Personal opinion piece, that despite local community, business and political support, some people remain concerned about the risks associated with transporting the waste.  This based on the newspaper’s report about an incident in February involving one of the canisters Holtec intends using to hold waste in the planned temporary storage facility.

 

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