South Korea – getting “full up” with nuclear radioactive trash
they must just stop making this trash!
South Korea running out of space for nuclear waste http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-18/south-korea-running-out-of-space-for-nuclear-waste/5679626 South Korea is running out of space to store its spent nuclear fuel, with some of its storage facilities set to reach capacity by 2016, according to an independent body that advises the government on nuclear issues.
A Public Engagement Commission, consisting of nuclear experts, professors, and officials, was set up in October 2013 to take account of public opinion on spent nuclear fuel issues and feed into policy decisions.
Commission chairman Hong Doo-seung says it is urgent to find more storage sites for spent fuel.
“We will have to stop nuclear power generation if we fail to find additional temporary space, which would be the second-best option,” he said.
Mr Hong says efforts to store spent fuel more densely in temporary storage would simply earn time and can not be the ultimate solution.
South Korea has 23 nuclear reactors which supply about a third of its power and produce about 750 tonnes of spent fuel each year.
According to the commission, at the end of last year, 13,254 tonnes of spent fuel was being held in temporary storage at nuclear plants.
Seoul has been under pressure to cut its reliance on nuclear power since late 2012 when safety scandals led to the temporary shutdown of reactors to replace parts supplied with fake certificates.
Public opposition to nuclear power and questions surrounding the disposal of spent fuel have also increased after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in neighbouring Japan caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Work on a permanent disposal site for low to medium-level radioactive waste was completed in the city of Gyeongju, 250 km southeast of Seoul, in June.
However the government has delayed its start-up for six months pending approval by a nuclear watchdog.
The commission is due to release a report on management options for spent nuclear fuel by the end of this year.
“We are making the utmost effort to conclude by the year-end but we won’t rush it if we find the work is not satisfactory,” Mr Hong, a professor of sociology at Seoul National University, said.
Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd, fully owned by state-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp, operates the nuclear power plants.
In January, South Korea formally adopted a lower target for the proportion of power to be supplied by nuclear plants, but it still plans to double its nuclear capacity over the next 20 years.
On Friday, President Park Geun-hye called for the creation of a nuclear safety consultative group in Northeast Asia, given the high number of nuclear power plants in the region and public concerns over safety.
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