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Nuclear waste storage problem must be addressed: EU


An article on BBC Europe News reports that: -

"Europe needs to identify sites for long-term storage of nuclear waste, with deep burial underground the best option, the European Commission says.

A draft EU directive presented on Wednesday calls for national plans to be drawn up in the next few years, as the EU still has no final storage sites for nuclear waste.

Exports of nuclear waste beyond the EU for long-term disposal will be banned.

Existing storage sites can be used for 100 years at most, the Commission says.

High-level waste from nuclear power plants can take up to a million years to decay.

Finland plans to have a long-term waste repository operational in 2020, Sweden in 2023 and France in 2025."

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