Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Nuclear waste problem likely to end the ‘nuclear renaissance’

ANALYSIS – Toxic waste weighs on revival of nuclear industry  Reuters, by Ayesha Rascoe, 17 March 2010, “…LEGAL LIABILITY ANOTHER ISSUE Nuclear power producers also have to grapple with the legal liabilities of owning waste. The Energy Department was supposed to take ownership of waste in 1998, but that has not happened

Utilities “don’t like the idea of this long-term liability over which they really have no control,” said Robert Fri of Resources for the Future.

With no place for the used fuel to go, the nuclear waste has to stay on site even when plants are shut down. There are about 14 shut-down reactors where waste remains at the site.

Dealing with technical and legal issues will not be easy. But the biggest obstacle for the new commission will most likely be overcoming political opposition.

ANALYSIS – Toxic waste weighs on revival of nuclear industry | Business News | Reuters

March 22, 2010 - Posted by | energy, General News | , , , , , ,

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