Posts Tagged ‘Nuclear trash’

Sweden decides on long term nuclear trash storage

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Today the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co (SKB), the entity tasked with finding out where and how to store Sweden’s ultra dangerous radioactive trash, decided on where they will recommend the construction of the long term repository. The winner is Östhammar, a municipality with just over 21,000 inhabitants in southeast Sweden.

At today’s press conference, representatives of the municipality were serious-looking and happy, having beat the municipality Oskarshamn in the race to become nuclear trash spot no 1, they of course talked wide about cooperation, but it’s an ill kept secret that people in power back in Östhammar are jubilant over this decision.

One might find it odd that two municipalities would compete and advocate that they have the best mountain core for nuclear trash, but it just goes to show the power of tra$h, I guess, nuclear being the ultimate trash after all. That, or people are just outright bonkers. To learn all about how the final disposal will happen, check out the 101 on nuclear trash storage at the SKB website.

UPDATE: Follow this link to Swedish newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning to see pix of Östhammar storage site boss celebrating with cake. The local government commissioner cried tears of joy (yes, she did). Then take a look at the most important YouTube clip ever about #cake. (Many thanx to @gerontedodedon for inspiration.)

Nuclear tra$h, also as US import

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The next hyper-dangerous load will go from plants in Italy to the Utah desert, reports Treehugger. How terribly silly.

Testing out nuclear trash storage in Jordan?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Last week Jordan announced that the USA will design and construct storage facilities for Jordanian nuclear and radioactive trash. The facilities are expected to hold the ultra-toxic energy residue for about 50 years, so we’re not talking terminal storage here, since noone really seems to have a sollution for that. Surprisingly few communities around the world seem eager to want to live on top of deeply buried radioactives that will sit tight for about 1 000 000 years.

However, the fact that the Jordanian plant will be deployed wholly by the USA is interesting. Does it suggest a special nuclear-tight relationship between the two states? Or does it rather suggest that clever negotiators in the US Departments of Energy and Defense, together with the Environmental Protection Agency, put their heads together and found a way to test new ideas? Then again, it could just be global capitalism.

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