Are 3-mile-deep boreholes the long-term answer for nuclear waste stalemate? Taxpayers bleed billions while federal government mulls what to do with millions of pounds of radioactive spent fuel. So it was with a flush of optimism that the U.S. Department of Energy announced the Deep Borehole Field Test project in 2015. The $35 million idea was simple: Drill a test hole about 3 miles deep into Earth’s crust in rugged North Dakota. Study the properties of the crystalline “host rock” buried there. Determine if it might be suitable for the mission at hand: Interning America’s spent fuel canisters — including those piled up at California’s San Onofre and Diablo Canyon plants — at the bottom, then sealing the hole with miles of concrete-and-asphalt plugs, never to be seen or heard from again. Anyone familiar with the saga of Yucca Mountain knows what happened next. Folks in North Dakota said hell no, the nation’s nuclear dump wasn’t going in their backyard. The test project migrated to South Dakota, where it got a similar reception.
Orange County Register 29th Sept 2019 read more »
How can we warn humans about nuclear waste in a million years’ time? Burying radioactive waste is widely seen as the safest way to dispose of it. But, Helen Gordon writes, the real question is how we make future generations understand the decisions we made today
Independent 30th Sept 2019 read more »