Australia ‘came within an inch’ of agreeing to store over 30% of world’s spent nuclear fuel — Europe eyed next

Published: December 13th, 2011 at 9:38 am ET
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Nuclear countries came close to solving problem of radioactive waste, Mainichi Japan, December 13, 2011:

The disposal of radioactive waste is an issue that drags on the promotion of nuclear power generation. Unless a fundamental solution to the problem is found, all spent nuclear fuel storage facilities will be filled sooner or later, making it impossible to operate nuclear power stations.

Pangea

  • Group of nuclear experts […] in 2002
  • Funded by nuclear energy-related companies
  • Secretly planning to build an international disposal site for spent nuclear fuel in Australia
  • “Came within an inch”
  • Fell through after an Australian news organization exposed it
  • [Group] confirmed that Australia, Argentina, southern Chile, South Africa and Namibia were the most geologically stable areas
  • [Would] store 75,000 metric tons of radioactive waste, totaling more than 30 percent of the spent nuclear fuel in the world

What happens if the nuclear industry no longer exists in the upcoming decades/centuries/millenia?

  • Gregg Butler, a core member of the group […] had told Australian officials […] the nuclear industry would last forever
  • Documents stated that it would cost […] 400 million dollars a year to maintain [the facility]

Plan B

  • The group, which is now operating under the name of the Association for Regional and International Underground Storage (ARIUS)
  • Currently working out plans to build nuclear waste disposal facilities in Europe in cooperation with the European Union
Published: December 13th, 2011 at 9:38 am ET
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8 comments to Australia ‘came within an inch’ of agreeing to store over 30% of world’s spent nuclear fuel — Europe eyed next

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    OVER MY D E A D BODY (Nuke Industry last forever)

  • goathead goathead

    It’s great to see that the threat of public opinion can still scare these fuckers away!

  • Ruffcut

    Sure, dend it their. Maybe we can finally have the kiddy book stories come true, like jack in the bean stalk.
    Green energy, my aching ass.
    We all allowed this to happen. No one is immune.
    Glad to have cheap toxic gifts to give at christmas, like that was what the holidays is about. IT is where it starts into complete meme foolishness

    • jimbojamesiv

      Please don’t include me, Ruffcut.

      I’ll take the blame for a lot of things, but nuclear energy or the Fuku disaster is not one of them.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Yes, due to the complete obfuscation of the problem thanks to entities like the IAEA, WHO, and NRC, people like me weren’t even aware we had such a nightmare on our hands! Sometimes you have to choose your battles. There are plenty of battles to choose from, aren’t there? Had I any idea how FREAKIN’ AWFUL the nuclear industry is, I’d have become an anti-nuclear activist years ago!

  • billyedtimmy

    Nuke industry “would last forever”… OH THE IRONY (which I’m sure is lost on them)!!

  • stopnp stopnp

    Good lord. It better not!