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USA plans for storage of the 5% of nuclear wastes that originate from defense programs

wastes-1Flag-USAU.S. to pursue storage for nuclear waste from defense programs, Japan Times, BLOOMBERG

 MAR 25, 2015 WASHINGTON – The Energy Department plans to build a storage site for high-level nuclear waste from U.S. weapons systems. Energy officials, who didn’t give a timeline for developing the repository, said they will start by identifying potential locations and gain local support for the project. President Barack Obama signed a memorandum Tuesday backing the department’s plans.

An administration official who requested anonymity to discuss the plan said building the storage site probably will face fewer obstacles than establishing a repository for waste from nuclear power plants.

That’s in part because U.S. defense programs produce about 5 percent of all nuclear waste, the official said. Waste from generating electricity accounts for 85 percent of the total…http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/25/world/u-s-pursue-storage-nuclear-waste-defense-programs/#.VRR7wfyUcnk

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March 27, 2015 - Posted by | USA, wastes, weapons and war

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