NHK Documentary: Nuclear Waste Managing a Lethal Legacy
It's been about 2 years since the accident. Nuclear power plants across the country still store huge amounts of spent fuel. No one has found a way to deal with the spent fuel. Nor no sites have been found for its final disposal. The spent fuel kept piling up. It now amounts to 17 thousand tons for Japan as a whole. Some nuclear plants could run out of storage space in about 2 years if they were to go back online. What can be done about this nuclear waste which has nowhere to go? We'll explore several paths to resolving this critical issue.
Air date; 3/22/13
"We are worry that spent fuel will remain in Aomori. This is not what we agreed on. If it’s not going to be reprocessed it must be returned. Aomori is not a dumping ground for nuclear waste."
The government decided not to change the policy. In the back ground with the conflicting interests of the parties involved.
We asked JNFL(Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.) about the meeting.
The Atomic Energy Commision vice chairman, Mr. Suzuki attended the meeting. He agreed to interview. He said that the commission must be neutral. and acknowledged that the close meeting should not be held. He explained why the reprocessing program won’t be changed. invested interest (利害関係） are the main concern. Many businesses are counted on successful outcome for the planned nuclear fuel cycle. they don't want to see the changes that could affect their business. Mr. Suzuki will feel difficult to talk about the changes with things as they are now. We should first discuss the policy and decide on feasible solution. Then think about Rokkasho. Country 50 year old nuclear energy policy, systems and organizations are standing in the way of change. The situation limits what we can do. Even many people realized that the reprocessing won't work, the project continues. The reprocessing program was supposed to give resource poor Japan unlimited supply of energy. But as the time passed it became simply tool of nuclear power plant running and protect the businesses involved. Other factors influence the decison as well. These include possible harm to local economy and potential damage to relation to the United States... which is .... But changing the current frame work is only way forward.
Now we know the danger of radioactive waste, we can't keep to put it away.