26 April 2005
Disposal and storage of spent nuclear fuel and long-lived radioactive nuclear waste
Motion for a resolution
presented by Mr Jakavonis and others
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it
The Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe during its deliberations on the draft resolution on energy system and environment protection on 17 March 2005 supported the opinion that the issue of disposal and storage of spent nuclear fuel and long-lived radioactive nuclear waste calls for a special resolution containing the provision to dispose of and store spent nuclear fuel in several large storage facilities or disposal sites constructed in geologically stable and uninhabited areas of the planet.
1. Nuclear power plants continue to cause problems related to the disposal and storage of spent nuclear fuel (hereinafter referred to as SNF) and long-lived radioactive nuclear waste.
2. International documents concerning the disposal and storage of spent nuclear fuel and long-lived radioactive nuclear waste do not offer any potential future solutions, therefore every European state tackles this issue individually. Short-sighted business interests come into play, and the funding of studies is pre-determined by the crystal basement – a geological structure appropriate for the disposal and storage of SNF in the territory of an individual state.
3. In the future, such trends may pose even greater danger to the health of those living in Europe, the most densely populated continent.
4. Moreover, if SNF and long-lived radioactive nuclear waste is disposed of and stored in European states individually, the protection of such scattered storage facilities or disposal sites against terrorist attacks will become more complicated, and the international community will be the one to shoulder the burden of ensuring their safety.
The Assembly decides to analyse this situation and to propose particular decisions.
Signed (see overleaf)
JAKAVONIS, Gediminas, Lithuania, LDR
ALATALU, Toomas, Estonia, EDG
BERDZENISHVILI, Levan, Georgia, LDR
BĒRZINŠ, Andris, Latvia, LDR
ČEKUOLIS, Jonas, Lithuania, LDR
COSARCIUC, Valeriu, Moldova, LDR
COŞKUNOĞLU, Osman, Turkey, SOC
DEDJA, Taulant, Albania, SOC
GUBERT, Renzo, Italy, EPP/CD
HANCOCK, Michael, United Kingdom, LDR
HOLOVATY, Serhiy, Ukraine, LDR
ILAŞCU, Ilie, Romania, NR
KAIKKONEN, Antti, Finland, LDR
KRSTEVSKI, Zoran, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", LDR
KUŽVART, Miloš, Czech Republic, SOC
LEIBRECHT, Harald, Germany, LDR
LENGAGNE, Guy, France, SOC
LEUTHEUSSER-SCHNARRENBERGER, Sabine, Germany, LDR
LOBKOWICZ, Jaroslav, Czech Republic, EPP/CD
MARQUET, Bernard, Monaco, LDR
MILOTINOVA, Milena, Bulgaria, LDR
MOLLAZADE, Azim, Azerbaijan, LDR
PISCITELLO, Rino, Italy, LDR
RINGSTAD, Jorunn, Norway, LDR
SCHMIED, Walter, Switzerland, LDR
SEVERINSEN, Hanne, Denmark, LDR
TEVDORADZE, Elene, Georgia, LDR
VAREIKIS, Egidijus, Lithuania, EPP/CD
WITTAUER, Klaus, Austria, NR
1 SOC: Socialist Group
EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group
EDG: European Democratic Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group