The Problem of Nuclear Waste Disposal

Since the beginning of the nuclear age, the concern over the disposal of nuclear waste has become one of the primary reasons for the stagnation of the development of nuclear power. Previously, there were only three options available for disposal:

1) Shoot it into space and into the sun.
2) Store it in containers on the earth's surface.
3) Dig a hole and bury it.

The first solution, shooting it into space, is ridiculously expensive and dangerous. It takes at least 200 pounds of fuel to raise one pound of payload into the earth's orbit. Getting it to the sun would take much more. There are up to 42,000 tons of nuclear wastes in the U.S. at this time.

The second solution, storing it in containers on the earth's surface, is what is currently being done. It is very risky due to the threat potential from terrorists, including bombing or crashing an aircraft into the storage pool (wet storage) or the drums (dry storage).

The third solution, digging a hole and burying it, is invalid for any storage for more than a relatively short time due to the lack of long-range data on volcanism, earthquakes, water tables, etc. It requires extensive overland transport. The Yucca Mountain project is an example of this solution. It is very expensive, from 42 to 60 billion dollars at last count. Being the government, it will nearly always cost even more. It won't even be available for use until 2012-2014. The proponents pushing for this site as a nuclear waste repository have stated that no earthquakes occur there. In 1992, an earthquake damaged the DOE's (Department of Energy's) office at Yucca Mountain! Did these researchers just "conveniently" forget that event?

In 1983 the State of Nevada, following the passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, initiated an independent analysis of hydrology, volcanism, tectonics, seismology and volcanism at Yucca Mountain. The DOE assumptions have ignored all of this.

An example of this is the DOE assumption that there could be no ground water intrusion over the span of 10,000 years. The State analysis showed a very rapid ground water flux though the site in less than 50 years.

Fortunately, Permanent RadWaste Solutions has developed a fourth solution . . .


The Problem

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