Maryland environmental law student Kerri Morrison (2L) published an article on “National and Multinational Strategies for Radioactive Waste Disposal” in the April 2017 issue of the Environmental Law Reporter (47 ELR 10300). The article is an outgrowth of a paper Ms. Morrison wrote for Professor Percival’s spring 2016 seminar on Global Environmental Law. It explores how various countries are coping with the challenge of finding safe disposal sites for high-level radioactive waste (HLW) generated by nuclear power plants. It finds that while “nations such as Finland, France and Sweden are nearing the operational stages of a deep ground repository for HLW,” Japan, Russia and the United States “have not decided on a site for a geologic repository, and so HLW will remain in temporary storage for decades at least.”
The article concludes that for some countries “a multinational repository may become a necessity as HLW continues to pile up in countries that cannot safely dispose of it within their own borders. Kerri will present her article at the 15th Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in Cebu, Philippines on June 1.