Nuclear waste - problems solved?

Joint Project conference in Budapest on 15 Dec., 2016

Our one-day conference with international experts has focused on the Euratom directive on management of spent fuel and radioactive waste (Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom). We examined the status of implementation in EU member states and whether this directive will „solve“ the issue of waste disposal. To illustrate the effectiveness or non-effectiveness of this directive we looked at Hungary as an example of a country (not the only one) still considering the export of spent fuel to the infamous Mayak facility in Russia. This conference also provided up-to-date information on the situation at Mayak and the Hungarian plans for spent fuel from Paks I and Paks II. Here you can download the programme.

A report of the conference can be downloaded here.

Gabriele Mraz, Austrian Institute of Ecology
Massimo Garribba, DG ENER
Vladimir Slivyak, Ecodefense, RU
Zsuzsanna Koritár, Energiaklub
Additional Text to presentation Z. Koritár in English

Audiofiles of the conference:

07 Feb. 2017: Conference "Transparency and future of radioactive waste management in Europe"

This conference was organized by Nuclear Transparency Watch and Members of the European Parliament, Brussels
For the Joint Project, Gabriele Mraz gave a presentation at this conference.
More information can be found here.

Factsheet on health effects of low level radiation

Health consequences are a key issue for nuclear energy. Health effects, especially of low-level radiation, are often difficult to prove scientifically, which leads to disagreements of members of pro and anti-nuclear communities and scientists that are still ongoing in 2016, the year of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident and the 5th of Fukushima. The Joint Project collected and assessed up-to-date epidemiological studies and publications on health effects of low-level radiation and produced a factsheet.

30 Sept., 2016: Consultation ENSREG TOR

The statement of the Joint Project for the consultation on the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the first Topical Peer Review about ageing in 2017 can be found here.

20 Sept., 2016: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for New Reactor Units at the Dukovany Site/CZ: Statement of the Joint Project for the Scoping Procedure

ČEZ plans to build one or two new NPPs in Dukovany with an output of up to 3500 MWe. Operation start is planned in 2035 with a lifetime of 60 years. A transboundary EIA procedure has started in August 2016 with the scoping phase. Find here the statement of the Joint Project based on the analysis of the scoping document.

2016: Joint Project report: Radioactive waste and spent fuel - transparency and public participation in national programmes

After about a year's experience with available national waste management programmes based on Directive 2011/70/Euratom, the Joint Project produced a report about status of national programmes and SEAs in the JP countries. We analysed several aspects of transparency and public participation in these programmes and compared them to good practice. The report can be downloaded here.

06 July, 2016: National Reports and National Programmes for Management of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste are public

In response to a request by Nuclear Transparency Watch from March 2016, the European Commission gave access to all national programmes and implementation reports on management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. You can download them here.

2015: Joint Project Study: Good quality in PLEX procedures

In 2015, Joint Project together with Oda Becker produced a brochure, in which we introduce important topics for PLEX that could and should be regarded in a participation procedure and in requesting information, respectively. The focus is on safety aspects which are covered in detail, but also other important aspects are dealt with. The brochure can be downloaded here.

2015: Study on Updated National Action Plans

The study "Four Years After Fukushima: Are Nuclear Power Plants Safer? Critical Review of the Updated National Action Plans (NAcP) of the EU Stress Tests on Nuclear Power Plants in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania" was written in 2015 by Patricia Lorenz and Oda Becker, and was financed by the grassroots foundation.

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