9/14/11 (AEIN) The West African nation of Ghana has improved and expanded a storage facility for radioactive waste. The Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, the Environment, Science and Technology Minister and the U.S. ambassador attended the facility's inauguration, the Ghana News Agency reported on Tuesday.
It will safely and securely hold nuclear material from Ghana and neighboring countries, including radioactive waste generated by industrial activities, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and nuclear research. The United States Department of Energy supplied three-hundred thousand dollars in funding for the project.
A coastal country almost the size of the U.S. state Oregon, Ghana does not currently operate any nuclear power stations. The Statesman newspaper reported in 2007 that its government has considered establishing an electrical plant of this type by 2018. Ghana borders the nations of Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.