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I might start leaning towards believing that when somebody somewhere implements some sort of a spent fuel dump. Right now we've got 70 years of accumulated material with no place to put it.
by asdf on Sat Jan 7th, 2012 at 06:58:15 PM EST
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See How Sweden deals with nuclear waste by Starvid on August 16th, 2006.

But yes, by and large we keep running our nuclear plants with no plans about what to do with the waste. See, for instance Nuclear dump (of final storage and German elections) by DoDo on September 27th, 2009.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 7th, 2012 at 07:11:00 PM EST
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Wherein I point out:

The original story here, "How Sweden deals with nuclear waste" is the pro-nuclear story. It needs to be read carefully to sort out what "could" be done with the high-level waste from what "is" being done, i.e., it's being stored in "temporary" above-ground sites just like it is everywhere else.
by asdf on Sun Jan 8th, 2012 at 08:32:57 PM EST
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High-level waste is not stored in "temporary" above ground sites in Sweden. The only above ground-storage in Sweden is the hot fuel which is stored for a year in the reactor pool until it can be moved to CLAB. Which is an underground site deep down in the bedrock, 20 metres down IIRC.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 12:35:03 PM EST
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It is so far moving according to schedule.

Since Starvid wrote that piece, SKB has chosen Forsmark  as location (so much for my industry sources) though the final decision rests with the government. Latest news is contracts with the consultants needed to construct the place where the waste will be encapsulated (new part of CLAB) has been put up for tender. Encapsuling is scheduled to start in 2025 and be in full speed in 2027. The process is lumbering on in its own slow pace with no visible signs of halting.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 03:23:53 PM EST
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