Waste Hot, Want Not
The German government angered enviros yesterday by announcing that in August it will resume the shipment of highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants, after a two-year ban established because of safety violations. Four of Germany’s 19 nuclear power plants are near their capacity to store spent fuel rods, and the plant owners say that unless they can transport the waste to a temporary storage site near the Dutch border, the plants will have to be shut down. That would be just dandy with enviros and politicians from the Green Party, who are fighting for a fast phaseout of nuclear power in the nation. The government is working to develop a 30-year timetable for shutting down nuclear plants, but that pace is too slow for enviros.