Where does all that nuclear waste go? Unlike in the 1980's when nuclear waste was dumped into oceans, now the preferred method is to bury it somewhere deep. The problem that is no community wants it in their neighbourhood.
One option that has been ignored by goverment and the nuclear industry is above-ground Monitored Retrievable Storage. Instead, the cheapest method - burying the waste deep in old mines - seems to be the only method considered. Not surprisingly, this method saves nuclear companies billions of dollars, not to mention "out of sight, out the mind". ... Read more »
At least one billion becquerels of radiation continue to leak from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant each day even though it is now more than five months after the March earthquake and tsunami that damaged the facility.
Experts say that the total radiation leaked will eventually exceed the amounts released from the Chernobyl disaster that the Ukraine in April 1986. This amount would make Fukushima the worst nuclear disaster in history.
Al Jazeera correspondent Steve Chao reports from Tokyo. (WATCH VIDEO)
The move is a response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March, chief executive Peter Loescher said.
He told Spiegel magazine it was the firm's answer to "the clear positioning of German society and politics for a pullout from nuclear energy".
"The chapter for us is closed," he said, announcing that the firm will no longer build nuclear power stations.
A long-planned joint venture with Russian nuclear firm Rosatom will also be cancelled, although Mr Loescher said he would still seek to work with their partner "in other fields".
Siemens was responsible for building all 17 of Germany's existing nuclear power plants.... Read more »
Darlington’s new nuclear project recently received the all clear for up to four new reactors to be added to the current site, pending approval from the feds.
The joint review panel for the nuclear power plant project, after hearing presentations from Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Aboriginal groups, federal and provincial governments, local governments, environmental groups, individuals and organizations interested in the potential effects of the project, concluded that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.
As recent events in Fukushima, and more distantly Chernoyl show, disasters can occur which put many thousands of lives at risk. ... Read more »
OTTAWA - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) applied its automatic rubber stamp to yet another nuclear boondoggle today. It concluded a new nuclear reactor scheme proposed for the Darlington site “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects” and is therefore OK to approve.
This shocking conclusion was arrived at despite the CNSC not knowing anything about the ultimate design of the proposed reactor. The Ontario government hasn’t chosen one yet!... Read more »