Europe 'planning to bury nuclear energy waste'

29 Oct 2010
Digg Digg LinkedIn LinkedIn Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter
Europe 'planning to bury nuclear energy waste'

The harmful waste produced from nuclear energy developments could be buried, under new plans being considered by the European Commission.

Reuters reports that a document has been leaked which shows the proposals, with the waste from nuclear energy being hidden deep underground around the continent.

Independent watchdogs would then be charged with ensuring the nuclear waste remains safe.

"The current situation of spent fuel and radioactive waste management in EU member states is not satisfactory," the draft said.

It is thought that "deep geological repositories" are the preferred destination for the nuclear energy waste.

But Greenpeace campaigner Jan Haverkamp claimed there are gaps in the science and questioned whether burying the waste underneath rock would make it safe.

Gerard Mestrallet, the head of utility firm GDF Suez, recently told the London Evening Standard that his company has moved closer to winning the bidding war to be granted the chance to construct a new nuclear power plant in the UK. 

Digg Digg LinkedIn LinkedIn Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter