Volume 93 Issue 29 | p. 24 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 20, 2015

Borehole Testing For Spent Nukes

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: spent fuel, nuclear waste, borehole, nuclear storage, DOE

The Department of Energy is investigating deep borehole storage as an alternative way to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive waste. Deep borehole disposal consists of drilling 5,000 meters deep, putting waste canisters in the lower part of the borehole, and sealing the upper parts with bentonite—an absorbent clay—and concrete to prevent leakage. DOE . . .

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