Nuclear Energy Conference 2018

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Nuclear waste: Unwanted legacy of nuclear power

Like other countries that chose to generate electricity in nuclear reactors, the Czech Republic is facing the problem where to put the spent nuclear fuel. The dreams of its reuse as a raw material have gone up in smoke, so the world is burdened every year with thousands of tonnes of this highly dangerous waste, which has to stay isolated from the biosphere safely for hundreds of thousands of years to come. But who would want such a “neighbour”? Various European countries have differing attitudes to finding the solution. The Czech Republic is currently experiencing the culmination of the prolonged dispute between state officials and selected municipalities, and the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority in charge of the matter is intending to shortlist four sites for detailed geological surveys this year. Will it prioritise approving positions of municipal governments, or geological suitability, the latter meaning safety? And what if no ideal place is found?

The objective of the international conference NEC 2018 “Nuclear waste: Unwanted legacy of nuclear power” is to discuss, in the presence of international and Czech experts, the options of finding a solution to the nuclear waste problem without restricting citizens’ rights to defend their interests and those of future generations.