EU partnership to speed nuclear waste solutions

Commission preparing public-private company to help develop "acceptable" disposal techniques

The European Commission is preparing a new attempt to hasten government decision making on long-term radioactive waste disposal by coordinating research efforts. Speaking at a conference on Monday EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs said the planned initiative would pool research from around the bloc.

What the commission is working on is a public-private partnership, or "joint undertaking". This will address most EU states' failure so far to decide on or build permanent disposal or storage facilities for high-level long-lived nuclear waste and is due to be launched next month.

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