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Nuclear waste must not be exported to other countries: EU

to put a stop to the current practice where EU member states, which do not want to store spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste on their territory, can pay countries outside the bloc to do the job for them…….The facilities would have to deal with material that can stay radioactive for up to one million years.

EU: Nuclear waste cannot be outsourced,  New Europe, 7 November 2010 The European Commission on 3 November unveiled new proposals, stating that EU governments will be banned from offloading their nuclear waste onto third countries.

EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger wants to put a stop to the current practice where EU member states, which do not want to store spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste on their territory, can pay countries outside the bloc to do the job for them…….
Oettinger presented a draft EU directive that would force EU governments to deal with long-term radioactive waste – currently stored in interim facilities that only have a 50-100 year lifespan – by burying it hundreds of meters underground…..
The facilities would have to deal with material that can stay radioactive for up to one million years.

Although the draft EU law states that sites should be built while informing local communities, Oettinger stressed that residents should not have absolute veto powers. “National policy is more than the addition of 1,000 municipalities,” he said.

EU: Nuclear waste cannot be outsourced – New Europe

November 8, 2010 - Posted by | EUROPE, wastes | , , , ,

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