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Final disposal of nuclear waste

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Abstract

The nuclear industry argues that high level radioactive waste can be safely disposed of in deep underground repositories. As yet, however, no such repositories are in use and the amount of spent nuclear fuel in ponds and dry storage is steadily increasing. Although the nuclear industry further argues that storage is a safe option for up to 50 years and has the merit of allowing the radioactivity of the fuel to decay to a more manageable level, the situation seems to be far from ideal. The real reasons for procrastination over deep disposal seem to have as much to do with politics as safe technology. The progress of different countries in finding a solution to the final disposal of high level waste is examined. In some, notably the countries of the former Soviet Union, cost is a barrier; in others, the problem has not yet been faced. In these countries undertaking serious research into deep disposal there has been a tendency, in the face of opposition from environmental groups, to retreat to sites close to existing nuclear installations and to set up rock laboratories to characterize them. These sites are not necessarily the best geologically, but the laboratories may end  More>>
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Publication Date:
Oct 01, 1995
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
SCA: 052002; PA: AIX-27:008960; EDB-96:025450; SN: 96001535796
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Energy Economist; Journal Issue: 9,suppl.; Other Information: PBD: Oct 1995
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL; INTEREST GROUPS; POLITICAL ASPECTS; PUBLIC OPINION; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; SPENT FUEL STORAGE
OSTI ID:
177107
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: EYETDM; ISSN 0262-7108; TRN: GB9502333008960
Submitting Site:
GBN
Size:
pp. 1-10
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Anon,. Final disposal of nuclear waste. United Kingdom: N. p., 1995. Web.
Anon,. Final disposal of nuclear waste. United Kingdom.
Anon,. 1995. "Final disposal of nuclear waste." United Kingdom.
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title = {Final disposal of nuclear waste}
author = {Anon,}
abstractNote = {The nuclear industry argues that high level radioactive waste can be safely disposed of in deep underground repositories. As yet, however, no such repositories are in use and the amount of spent nuclear fuel in ponds and dry storage is steadily increasing. Although the nuclear industry further argues that storage is a safe option for up to 50 years and has the merit of allowing the radioactivity of the fuel to decay to a more manageable level, the situation seems to be far from ideal. The real reasons for procrastination over deep disposal seem to have as much to do with politics as safe technology. The progress of different countries in finding a solution to the final disposal of high level waste is examined. In some, notably the countries of the former Soviet Union, cost is a barrier; in others, the problem has not yet been faced. In these countries undertaking serious research into deep disposal there has been a tendency, in the face of opposition from environmental groups, to retreat to sites close to existing nuclear installations and to set up rock laboratories to characterize them. These sites are not necessarily the best geologically, but the laboratories may end up being converted into actual repositories because of the considerable financial investment they represent. (UK).}
journal = {Energy Economist}
issue = {9,suppl.}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1995}
month = {Oct}
}