EU nuclear group invites views on deep geological waste disposal
Brussels (Platts)--7Feb2012/702 am EST/1202 GMT
An EU nuclear expert group is calling for public feedback by February 13
on how best to manage deep geological disposal of nuclear waste, the European
Commission said Monday.
"Our vision is that by 2025, the first geological disposal facilities
for spent fuel, high-level nuclear waste, and other long-lived radioactive
waste will be operating safely in Europe," the group said in its draft
deployment plan published for feedback.
The EC set up the group, known as the implementing geological disposal
of radioactive waste technology platform, in 2009 to support EU-wide
research, development and demonstration of safe, deep geological disposal of
spent fuel and other long-lived radioactive waste.
The group seeks to solve the remaining scientific, technological and
social challenges, and thereby to support the nuclear waste management
programs in EU countries.
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The group published a strategic research agenda in July 2011 which
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Key topics addressed by the group include safety cases, waste forms and
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The three EU countries closest to licensing -- Finland, France and
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The group brings together European scientific research centers, waste
management agencies, industry and international organizations and civil
society and supports the implementation of the EU's 2011 nuclear waste
The group is co-funded by the Euratom seventh framework research program.
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