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Like everyone else, Europe has no solution to nuclear waste

“Safety is indivisible. If an accident happens in one country, it can have devastating effects also in others,” said EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

Nuclear waste storage problem must be addressed: EU BBC News November 2010 Europe needs to identify sites for long-term storage of nuclear waste, with deep burial underground the best option, the European Commission says.

A draft EU directive presented on Wednesday calls for national plans to be drawn up in the next few years, as the EU still has no final storage sites for nuclear waste.

Exports of nuclear waste beyond the EU for long-term disposal will be banned.

Existing storage sites can be used for 100 years at most, the Commission says.

High-level waste from nuclear power plants can take up to a million years to decay…..

Every year the EU produces some 7,000 cu m (247,203 cu ft) of high-level radioactive waste. It is the part of reprocessed spent nuclear fuel that cannot be re-used.

“Safety is indivisible. If an accident happens in one country, it can have devastating effects also in others,” said EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

BBC News – Nuclear waste storage problem must be addressed: EU

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

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