Whither Nuclear Waste Disposal—A 50th Anniversary View

by William W.-L. Lee,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The world recently observed the 50th anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb. Thus major sources of nuclear wastes, from defense and power generation, have been around for slightly longer than 50 years. It is only recently that the public learned the true dimensions of the problem. This paper will summarize information about nuclear waste destined for geologic disposal, discuss the current challenges surrounding the disposal of such waste and provide some suggestions for nuclear waste disposal. Low-level waste and uranium tailings are excluded from this discussion.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal | Recycling | Geology | Underground storage | Explosions | Nuclear power | Uranium

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