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How is nuclear waste disposed of in the long term?
- sam (age 15)
bristol , uk
The proper disposal of nuclear waste is the subject of a contentious
political debate. Many people would like to bury it under a mountain in
a desert somewhere, to keep it far away from people. Deserts are good
candidates because leaking fluids are less likely to contaminate
drinking water. But there is water even in deserts. Some imaginative
ideas include incorporating waste in glassy material so that, if all
goes well, it cannot dissove, corrode, or leak away and then it won't
matter so much where you put it.
One problem is that no one wants a nuclear waste disposal site
near their houses (and many don't want them in their state). So right
now a lot of nuclear waste is stored temporarily where it was produced,
at nuclear power plant sites, in big casks. Here's a recent article
from Technology Review
on the subject.
Tom (w mike)
(republished on 07/18/06)
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