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Irresponsible to continue with nuclear power without solution to nuclear waste

“Nobody should be taken in by this spin. These proposals fail to address the core issues and citizens’ concerns on dealing with dangerous nuclear waste….
“Clearly, the absence of any solution on how to deal with dangerous nuclear waste makes current calls for a ‘nuclear renaissance’ in Europe all the more irresponsible.”…..

Mixed response to EU nuclear waste plan THE PARLIAMENT, By Martin Banks – 3rd November 2010 Today’s proposals on new EU rules for nuclear waste seem to be little more than a cheap PR exerciseRebecca Harms EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has urged member states to bury radioactive nuclear waste, saying burial is the safest form of disposal.
The German official’s call came as he unveiled the commission’s much-awaited draft law on nuclear waste on Wednesday…..
the directive, which sets out EU rules on nuclear waste management and disposal, was immediately dismissed by the Greens/EFA group in parliament.

Greens say it fails to deal with the “crucial aspects” of the nuclear waste issue.

Greens/EFA co-leader, German MEP Rebecca Harms, said, “Today’s proposals on new EU rules for nuclear waste seem to be little more than a cheap PR exercise: an attempt to create the illusion that the EU is doing something and that the problems of nuclear waste can be solved, thereby providing a veneer of legitimacy to the revival that the nuclear industry continues to hope for.”

She added, “Nobody should be taken in by this spin. These proposals fail to address the core issues and citizens’ concerns on dealing with dangerous nuclear waste.

“On the crucial question of nuclear waste definitions, the proposals are far too loose, giving member states a free hand to determine what can be considered as nuclear waste and allowing them to exclude a wide array of potentially dangerous materials.
“The crucial question of financial liability is also left unresolved, despite the fact that a number of member states have weak or non-existent provisions on how to handle the huge financial burden of dealing with nuclear waste. Cost estimates continue to rise and were recently doubled in France.

“Instead, the commission gives the impression that deep geological disposal (burying the waste deep underground) is consensual, without taking into account the continuing concerns with this process. The debate is, however, far from closed and there is no technical or political consensus on permanent disposal options.

“Overall, the proposals fall far short of what would be required to provide for sufficient EU rules on nuclear waste.

“Clearly, the absence of any solution on how to deal with dangerous nuclear waste makes current calls for a ‘nuclear renaissance’ in Europe all the more irresponsible.”…..
Some 53 per cent of respondents to a recent Eurobarometer poll said the risks of nuclear power outweigh the advantages, although 33 per cent took the opposite view.

Mixed response to EU nuclear waste plan: theparliament.com

November 4, 2010 - Posted by | EUROPE, wastes | , , , ,

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