A huge row erupted when Almaraz applied to store nuclear waste as it lies on the shared Tagus/Tejo river so any nuclear leak, the Portuguese fear, will end up flowing merrily down the Tagus and along the Tejo, as it enters Portugal, onward to Lisbon. The Iberian Antinuclear Movement said it deeply regrets the authorisation, announced today by Nuno Sequeira, an environmentalist from Quercus who confirmed that Spain’s Directorate General for Energy Policy has authorised the commissioning of the storage facility at Almaraz. During a protracted spat that involved anti-nuclear groups from Spain and Portugal, diplomatic exchange between the two countries and the intervention of the European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, the new facility quietly was being built. Portugal did complain to the European Commission but the occasionally sober Juncker bullied Portugal into dropping its legitimate complaint. “We did not know that despite everything that happened in 2018, and … [Read more...] about Almaraz nuclear waste dump receives operating licence
Storing nuclear waste
Nuclear waste could be stored under some of the most beautiful parts of the country prompting a row with rural campaigners. A committee of MPs has controversially given the green light to Government plans which could see nuclear waste buried deep in vaults beneath England’s national parks. The decision was condemned by campaigners who it put “our treasured landscapes under the threat of inappropriate and major development”. England has 10 national parks covering nearly 5,000 square miles. Each has its own authority which has two statutory duties – to conserve its countryside and wildlife, and to allow people to enjoy them. The Government has launched a search for an area to site an underground... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and Brexit Register … [Read more...] about Green light for Government to store nuclear waste under national parks
Michael Collins USA TODAY Published 9:36 p.m. UTC Jun 3, 2018 WASHINGTON — The federal government’s dormant plan to store nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain is showing signs of life amid a new push by the Trump administration and some members of Congress to revive the long-delayed project. But opponents, including Nevada’s two senators, already are mobilizing to halt the project’s momentum, again casting doubts on the nation’s efforts to establish a nuclear waste repository. “Nevada does not want to turn into a nuclear waste dump, and as long as I’m in the U.S. Senate, I’ll make sure that Yucca Mountain remains dead,” said Sen. Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican who is facing a tough re-election challenge this fall. The House voted 340-72 last month to direct the Department of Energy to resume the licensing process for a nuclear waste facility in Yucca Mountain, a remote section of the Mojave Desert that sits … [Read more...] about Congress works to revive long-delayed plan to store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain
A geological formation in Derbyshire could be considered for a nuclear waste facility, it is feared. The Government is scouring the UK for a suitable location for a new £12 billion geological disposal facility (GDF). Cumbria was being lined up to to store an estimated 750,000 cubic metres of radioactive material produced by 50 years of nuclear power and defence activity - but its county council rejected the idea in 2013, forcing the Government to search for a new location. Now a neighbouring council has discussed hosting the nuclear waste dumping facility in a sedimentary basin known as the Widmerpool Gulf - which extends across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. A response to a Government package of incentives designed to get communities to agree to ‘host’ a storage complex has been discussed by Leicestershire County Council, reports the Leicester Mercury . Any facility would look to bury waste at least 200 metres below ground somewhere in a geological … [Read more...] about Why Derbyshire might end up hosting a nuclear waste facility
Concerns have been raised that parts of north Leicestershire could be earmarked for a potential dumping facility for nuclear waste. The Government is seeking a site to develop as a £12billion geological disposal facility (GDF) to store an estimated 750,000 cubic metres of radioactive material that has been produced by 50 years of nuclear power and defence activity. Leicestershire County Council has this week agreed a response to a proposed Government package of incentives designed to get communities to agree to ‘host’ a storage complex that would see the waste buried at least 200 metres underground. Max Hunt, the opposition Labour group's environment spokesman, said he was concerned the Widmerpool Gulf, an area between Melton and Nottingham, could be deemed a suitable for a GDF. He said: "Widmerpool Gulf is geologically favourable for storing such material. "It was an area suggested for such a facility around 25 years ago. "It may well be a place the Government looks … [Read more...] about Could county be ideal spot for nuclear waste dump?