6 Feb (NucNet): A panel from France’s Commission Nationale du Débat Public (National Commission for Public Debate; CNDP) has said it is not “in principle” against the Cigéo national deep geological repository project, the National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste (Andra) has said.
Position of the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority on the decision of the Minister for the Environment concerning the investigation area at the Kraví hora locality
At the end of December 2013 progress was made in terms of tackling the issue of the identification of the investigation area for the Kraví hora locality. Mr Tomáš Podivínský, the Minister of the Environment, annulled his original decision of May 2013 on the identification of the investigation area and returned it for further consideration. According to the Minister, the reason for the return consisted of comments which were put forward by the Appeals Commission not being sufficiently considered by the Ministry of the Environment when formulating the original decision.
The German parliament has passed a law which begins the formal procedure for a site to be found for a national repository for the country’s high-level radioactive waste.
We have the pleasure of announcing that the End Users Conference of the IPPA Project will take place in Prague on September 30 - October 1, 2013. The focus of the conference is on how public participation can support societal decision making and strengthen democratic institutions.
ONDRAF/NIRAS, the Belgian National Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials, has submitted the licence application for the surface disposal facility for Belgian Category A waste to the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) 31 January 2013. This brings ONDRAF/NIRAS one step closer to constructing and operating the disposal facility in Dessel. It is the first milestone of a phased licensing programme, with the objective of a safe repository in the short and long term.
Further investigations into building an underground nuclear waste store in Cumbria have been rejected. Cumbria County Council vetoed a move to "Stage 4" of the search for a site for the radioactive waste facility. The stage included detailed geological investigations and discussions over the social and economic implications. The county council ruled out Allerdale Borough, although that council was due to vote on the issue. Copeland Borough Council voted in favour the plans.