Commission unveils nuclear waste proposal

Energy commissioner Günther Oettinger unveiled a much-anticipated draft directive on Wednesday that would set EU-wide safety standards for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants and from research.

The standards, developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), would be legally binding. But member states would be free to choose their own method and locations for disposal. They would have to draw up national programmes within four years of the directive's adoption demonstrating a detailed timeline of their plans for disposal.

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