Nuclear Waste Disposal

Pros and Cons of using Nuclear Waste

About Nuclear Waste

Nuclear Waste is the intensely radioactive residue from nuclear fission. The fission process provides heat used to generate electricity in nuclear fueled power plants. For disposal, the waste is enclosed in very strong, corrosion-resistant, metallic containers and put in underground chambers. The whole system is engineered to contain the waste intact and undisturbed for thousands of years.

EPA settles an unsettling amount of reactive hazardous waste in Oregon

Oregon Metallurgical of Albany and TDY Industries of Millersburg have agreed to pay a combined $825,000 to resolve violations related to the improper storage and disposal of anhydrous magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride is a reactive hazardous waste that poses explosive threats.

Nuclear power gets twice the price of solar

The UK Government has applied to the European Commission for permission to provide aid for nuclear power. Renewable generators across the EU argue that the UK policy violates EU law.

Despite safety and other concerns, nuclear power saves lives, greenhouse gas emissions, experts say

The global use of nuclear power has saved about 1.84 million air pollution-related deaths. It has also prevented release of 64 billion tons of greenhouse gases. that would have happened from burning coal and other fossil fuels.

Radioactive waste: Where to put it?

The U.S. makes new plans for disposing of nuclear waste and other radioactive waste underground. There is the potential of shale formations so, geologists are key to identifying safe burial sites and techniques. In the United States there is about 70,000 metric tons of nuclear waste, located at more than 70 sites in 35 states.

Volume of nuclear waste could be reduced by 90 percent, says new research

University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering has created a way to reduce the volume of higher activity nuclear wastes. This will reduce the cost of long term storage and final disposal of nuclear waste.

How does radioactive waste interact with soil and sediments?

Scientists are creating computer models that show how radioactive waste interacts with soil and sediments. This will help them see how to keep drinking water from getting contaminated.