Survey for deep radioactive waste site stopped in tracks after administrative blunder

The Czech agency tasked with preparing for a deep underground repository to take the country’s highly radioactive waste has been told to apply again for permits to carry out geological research at seven possible sites for the storage site. The Ministry of Environment said that an application to continue the survey process arrived late and the previous permit expired at the end of 2016. That means in effect that the application process to start surveys will have to begin again from scratch. The hitch has been welcomed by opponents at the seven sites who hope that surveys could be blocked altogether. The government is supposed to decide on a deep storage site by 2025 with its completion targeted for 2065.

Author: Chris Johnstone