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Friday
Jul222011

EU policy of "deep geologic disposal" still contains loophole for shipments to foreign countries for reprocessing

Reuters has reported that the European Union has set a deadline of 2015 for its 14 member states with nuclear power industries -- comprising a total of 143 atomic reactors -- to come up with plans for "deep geologic disposal" sites for burial of their high-level radioactive wastes. However, the EU admits it will take as long as 40 years to construct those repositories. Deutsche Welle also reported on this story, including on the loophole in the new EU directive that will still allow high-level radioactive waste shipments to foreign countries for reprocessing, so long as those countries also have deep geologic repositories.