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Title: What are Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste ?

Spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste are materials from nuclear power plants and government defense programs. These materials contain highly radioactive elements, such as cesium, strontium, technetium, and neptunium. Some of these elements will remain radioactive for a few years, while others will be radioactive for millions of years. Exposure to such radioactive materials can cause human health problems. Scientists worldwide agree that the safest way to manage these materials is to dispose of them deep underground in what is called a geologic repository.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
808033
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Dec 2002
Research Org:
Yucca Mountain Project, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; CESIUM; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; NEPTUNIUM; NUCLEAR FUELS; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; STRONTIUM; TECHNETIUM