Archive for April, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:53 AM by John Divinski
Saugeen Shores and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) have worked out a Memorandum of Understanding as part of Step 3 of the site selection process for a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR).
Town council voted unanimously, in a recorded vote, to proceed with the process.
Mayor Mike Smith says they wanted to make sure this process doesn’t cost taxpayers any money
April 22, 2013
The German government wants to find a site to store nuclear waste – just not in Gorleben, for many years the preferred location. But many politicians are revisiting the battles of the past.
It was a day to make Peter Altmaier happy. The sociable German environment minister is considered a bridge-builder, a Christian Democrat (CDU) who can do well with the environmental specialists of the opposition. Again and again he had invited leaders of the Greens and the Social Democrats (SPD) to his Berlin apartment to try to wine and dine them into a consensus on the vexed question of the nuclear waste repository in Germany. Finally, it worked.
“The battles of yesteryear have been overcome, we are entering a new era,” he rejoiced in early April.
Out with the old, in with the new
What he meant was that in the coming years, Germany will be examining several candidate sites for a deep repository for high-level radioactive radiation waste from nuclear power plants. A committee of politicians and experts will first establish the criteria, then select and compare four or five sites to select the best suited location, where a shaft will then be excavated and used for waste disposal.
The plan sounds straight-forward and transparent. The people who live near the sites are to be constantly informed and involved. And the whole concept fits tidily into the intention of phasing out nuclear power that the Christian Democrat-Free Democrat (FDP) coalition government hastily agreed to after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
City council has formed a committee with the intention of increasing community interest in potential Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) Elliot Lake development.
The NWMO is proposing to construct a high-level nuclear waste repository in Canada.The full project is expected to be worth between $16 and $24 billion and funding will come from the nuclear industry instead of tax dollars.
Currently, the NWMO is meeting with the 21 communities across Canada that have expressed an interest in the repository project, and in response Elliot Lake’s council has formed a community liaison committee.
Chaired by councillor Ken Rastin, the committee includes members representing different local economic sectors – Christian Giroux (education), Dr. David Matheson (health), Pierre Vaillancourt (business) and Larry Parker (seniors).
The committee also includes five members representing the public: Mark Robinson, Ken Bondy, Ken Pierce, Sonya Cloutier and Pat Sterling.
What to do with spent nuclear fuel has been one of the headaches for promoting nuclear power development. The federal government on Tuesday said it will provide $15.8 million to a new project to design a better way to store the used fuel outside of nuclear power plants.
The Department of Energy is funding the 5-year project to look for ways to employ what’s called “dry storage cask technology” to store used nuclear fuel that has been moved off nuclear power plants. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which conducts research and development for its utility members, will head the project.
Today, spent nuclear fuel is typically stored at the nuclear power plants. That’s mainly because a national push create an offsite storage in Nevada‘s Yucca Mountain ran into so much opposition that the federal government canceled the project. The energy department filed a motion to withdraw its licensing application for the project in March 2010.
Written 03 April 2013
Ontario News North
MANITOUWADGE, ON – At their regular meeting of March 27th, 2013 Manitouwadge Town Council unanimously passed a motion to continue to learn more about the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s site selection process for a deep geological repository for long-term management of used nuclear fuel.
The general public had the opportunity to attend Open Houses held by the NWMO at the Rec Centre auditorium March 5th and 6th at which a team of NWMO representatives, including scientists and public relations and communications personel, were on hand to answer questions and walk people through the Open House. In addition to members of the public, among the groups who attended the Open Houses were the Manitouwadge Outdoor Enthusiasts, emergency services/first responders personel, and Town Council. (CLICK HEREfor full article, including Open House interviews/video). OntarioNewsNorth.com Editor Karina Hunter spoke with many of those who attended the Open House as they exited and all seemed to agree that Learning More would definately be their recommendation to Council.
Manitouwadge is the last of 6 communities in the region, still involved in the Site Selection Process, to pass a resolution to continue to Step 3 and keep learning more; the community joins Wawa, White River, Hornepayne, Schreiber, and Nipigon in Step 3. It is important to understand this is an “Adaptive phased management plan” with an emphasis on adaptive – communities decide which resources they will take advantage of to continue learning more and still have the option of removing themselves from the process should they come to realize at any point that this is not a project which would fit their town.