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Storing Nuclear Waste For 10,000 Years Needs To Be Done: It Is Still An Issue

ArmchairPolitiicianNuclearPower, September 3, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com

The biggest issue for nuclear power may not be its cost, it could be how to safely dispose of the nuclear waste. The U.S. government has taken responsibility for this problem, and as is not atypical of government, it still has not solved the problem after 30 years. Yucca Mountain was selected as the site for nuclear waste disposal 30 years ago, and has not yet even begun to build the facility.

The issue of nuclear waste disposal is not a trivial one. Radioactive (or nuclear) waste is a byproduct from nuclear reactors, fuel processing plants, hospitals and research facilities. Radioactive waste is also generated while decommissioning and dismantling nuclear reactors and other nuclear facilities. High-level radioactive waste primarily is uranium fuel that has been used in a nuclear power reactor and is “spent,” or no longer efficient in producing electricity. Spent fuel is thermally hot as well as highly radioactive and requires remote handling and shielding. Nuclear reactor fuel contains ceramic pellets of uranium 235 inside of metal rods. Before these fuel rods are used, they are only slightly radioactive and may be handled without special shielding.

*There are 121 locations in the U.S. that currently store spent fuel. The objective is to eventually ship fuel that requires long-term storage to Yucca Mountain. Yucca Mountain was designated the permanent underground storage site for nuclear waste in 1987. The objective is to store high-level nuclear waste safely for at least 10,000 years. It was supposed to open in 1998, but was put on permanent hold by Obama.
President Trump has included $120 million to restart the licensing process for Yucca Mountain.
*Trump Administration Revives Nevada Plan as Nuclear Waste Piles Up
Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2017, Kris Maher

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion:
Nuclear waste disposal is still an issue that has not been resolved. Nevada politicians are against locating the disposal facility in Nevada because of possible risks to the water supply, and because of the long-term nature of the storage required. President Trump is aware of the issue, and has proposed funding to solve the problem. Whether the funding will be sufficient is questionable.

The cost of nuclear waste disposal is not reflected in the current cost of nuclear power, and therefore the current use of nuclear power is creating a liability for future generations.

See:
ArmchairPolitiicianNuclearPower, September 3, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com
Trump Wants To Revive U.S. Nuclear Plants: There Are Substantial Roadblocks

See Also:
ArmchairPolitiicianNuclearPower, September 2, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com
Trump Is Trying To Revive Nuclear Power: What Are The Issues?

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