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
Storing nuclear waste
Germany is facing a nuclear waste crisis in Lower Saxony, the North German Public Radio reported on Monday. An examination of about 432 barrels of low-level nuclear waste stored in the town of Leese indicates possible leaks and an urgent need to dry them, re-pack them and re-seal them. The town stores 1,484 barrels of densely stacked barrels of nuclear waste, mostly used for X-rays. The storage facility is a former ammunition factory in an industrial zone, which also features a warehouse and a recycling yard. There is a public tender to process all the nuclear waste barrels by the end of 2025. The overall plan is to relocate the storage facility Konrad, a mine in Lower Saxony. But, the facility is not expected to be ready before 2027. The information was confirmed by Lower Saxony’s environment minister, Olaf Lies. However, the Ministry has made clear that there is no increased level of radiation in the surrounding areas, although within the storage area radiation is 2,600 … [Read more...] about Germany faces nuclear waste management crisis in Lower Saxony
Fears have been raised that a nuclear waste dumping facility could be built in land south of Nottingham. A site is needed somewhere in the UK for a £12 billion geological disposal facility (GDF) to store an estimated 750,000 cubic metres of radioactive material produced by 50 years of nuclear power and defence activity. 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 - leading to fears that the area could be considered, reports the Leicester Mercury . Any facility would look to bury waste at least 200 metres below ground somewhere in what is know as the Widmerpool Gulf, a geological area which stretches from the eastern fringes of Derby across the countryside to the south of Nottingham and on to the west of Melton Mowbray in north Leicestershire. Cumbria was being lined up to have a GDF but its county council rejected the idea in 2013, forcing the … [Read more...] about Is the government planning a nuclear waste dump in Notts?
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?