Deutsche Welle: Nuclear waste faces uncertain future in Europe
‘EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger is expected to present proposals for the safe storage of nuclear waste in Europe this Wednesday. Observers are keen to see who will bear the burden of the EU's strategy. A leaked draft of the proposals to establish a new, permanent solution for nuclear waste described the current situation within the EU as "not satisfactory." The report named "deep geological repositories," or caverns at depths of between 100 and 700 meters underground, as the best place to store permanently the controversial spent fuel rods, which can remain dangerous for humans for up to a million years. The 50,000 cubic meters of waste generated by the EU annually is currently held in temporary above-ground facilities, although lower-grade nuclear waste, which includes such things as equipment from de-commissioned reactors, is permitted below ground. The EU's Energy Commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, is keen to change this because of surface storage facilities' vulnerability to environmental damage and terrorist attacks.’ 

KING 5 News: Hanford nuke plant generates low rating
‘RICHLAND, Wash. -- Operators of Washington state's only commercial nuclear power plant are reacting to low safety ratings. The nuclear industry's own rating organization found that the Columbia Generating Station in Richland is one of the two plants in the nation in the greatest need of improvements. The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations inspects more than one hundred plants every two years. Energy Northwest, which operates the Richland station, points out that the study is based largely on problems that occurred in 2008 and 2009 when there was a series of unplanned shutdowns.’

Channel NewsAsia: Nuclear power plant in S'pore not likely for next 10-20 years: expert
‘SINGAPORE : Singapore is unlikely to have a nuclear power plant for at least the next 10 to 20 years, said one advisor to the local energy sector. On Monday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore needs to diversify its energy sources and is studying the option of nuclear power. "We're talking about a process here that's decades, not years, if you think about how long it takes to develop these technologies, and ultimately deploy them. I think the watch will go on for probably another 5 or 10 years or longer, before one actually makes a decision," said Peter Schwartz, chairman of Global Business Network. "And you won't see a nuclear power plant in or around Singapore for at least something in the order of 10 to 20 years or even longer than that," he added.’