Research plan for nuclear waste issued

Monday, February 6, 2012

An EU consortium on the geological disposal of radioactive waste has issued a research plan to deliver scientific and technological information on the construction of permanent underground sites. A consultation on the plan runs until next week.

The IGD-TP group wants Europe to have built its first disposal facilities by 2025. It aims to provide common advice on the safe disposal of highly radioactive waste. France, Finland and Sweden have the most advanced projects.

Greenpeace criticized the consortium and the EU's JRC centre in 2010, saying it was providing misleading and incomplete research on the safety of underground disposal.

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Draft research plan

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