Volume 93 Issue 34 | pp. 22-23
Issue Date: August 31, 2015

Nuclear Waste Has A Long History Of Confusing Definitions

U.S. waste classified by law, not science, experts says.
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: Nuclear Waste, NRC, DOE, IAEA, WIPP

Decades of legislation and court interpretations have left U.S. nuclear waste managers facing an intractable problem. Tasked with understanding science and skilled enough to work within constraints set by policy-makers, these managers sort various types of radioactive waste so they can be disposed of in accordance with the law. It’s a complicated job.

Now, waste management companies are urging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to take another look at the limitations of the . . .

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