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Deadly, complicated and expensive nuclear waste

In 2019 there are 17 tonnes of high-level nuclear waste to be cleared and stored in Norwegian nature. It is a very complicated and environmentally hazardous work, which the authorities have pushed ahead of them for years.

With the decommissioning of the Halden reactor, one of Norway's two nuclear reactors, the Norwegian authorities are now taking responsibility for the clean-up of nuclear waste in Norwegian nature. But this work has been pushed forward by the authorities for years; The peace and environmental organizations have waited a similarly long time: “At some point, we will have to clean up after the nuclear activities. We have 17 tonnes of used reactor fuel that needs storage for almost eternity, "said project manager Karl G. Johannesen at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in November during a orientering in the premises of the Department of Energy Technology, IFE, which owns the Halden reactor.

The basement and the Halden reactors

In the Norwegian post-war climate, Norway's two nuclear reactors, Kjeller (1951) and Halden (1958), were built to conduct basic research, with the intention that one day Norway could establish its own nuclear power plant. At that time, the Norwegian Labor Party government believed that nuclear power could be a good and steady source of power.

Towards the end of the 1970s, the Norwegian authorities realized that it would not be appropriate to develop nuclear-based electricity, but the activities continued nonetheless. . .

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Kaisa Ytterhaug
Ytterhaug is a freelancer in Ny Tid.

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