1. I must ask, what kind of blurring language or concept is "minimization"? I propose a principle of honest language. This proposed word (a weasel word, really) becomes deceptive packaging, since the total net amount of radioactive waste (both at mining sites, and man-made radioactive waste) continually grows rapidly, with no proven solution to deal with it.
So, "minimizing" the increase? But still continue the increase? Changes is cubic volume is minor. It's like the difference between accelerating to 200 km/hr slowly versus quickly. Meaningless. Is this not clever but deceptive playing with words? How can there be truthful minimization except by desisting from growing the amount of further radioactive materials?
2. The problem of radioactive waste cannot escape being part of the problem of the eventual cost of the whole nuclear industry. An unbiased examination of cost versus benefit is apparently lacking, both by the industry and by the government ministry.
Who can guarantee absence of destabilizing, destructive wars during centuries or millennia to come? Nation-states come and go in history, but harmful radioactivity ... persists! The need of contamination-free water and environment persists! Animal and human life have needs that persist.
The nuclear industry has always counted on government subsidizing and backstopping it, so it does not face the full force of real economic and health/safety liability issues. Nor does it take the perspective of centuries or millennia. So it tends to remain in an artificial echo chamber of self-serving opinions about its viability. This is not right. This is not in the public interest.
Even with mere consideration of it in terms of dollars, what is the cost in today's dollars of doing anything at all with nuclear waste or nuclear sites, for thousands of years? Huge by any standard, surely.
Years ago, with other art students visiting Elliot Lake, we hiked past uranium tailings, ponds with weird colored water. (Glad no one slipped into them.) Soon, I learned the pottery instructor had been diagnosed with radiation sickness, resulting from clay he had "harvested" somewhere abouts. (Is this the sort of area that will be designated "likely safe"?) Apologies if this was cross-posted.