No EU country prepared to deal with nuclear waste - former MEP

Deep geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste is still decades away, former German MEP Rebecca Harms warned at the Brussels launch of the first World Nuclear Waste Report commissioned by environmentalists.

Harms, who initiated the study, which was first unveiled in Berlin last autumn, argued that no real progress has been made on deep geological disposal in almost half a century.

One of the report’s other key findings, she said on Wednesday, is that more than 80% of the high level waste in Europe is in wet rather than dry interim storage - in pools rather than canisters - which is much more risky because the pools need active cooling. 

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