Plans for the nation's first high-level nuclear waste repository have called for permanently closing and sealing the repository soon after it is filled. However, the hydrologic environment of the proposed site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, should allow the repository to be kept open and the waste retrievable indefinitely. This would allow direct monitoring of the repository and maintain the options for future generations to improve upon the disposal methods or use the uranium in the spent fuel as an energy resource.
Additional publication details
Case for retrievable high-level nuclear waste disposal
New York, NY, United States
Larger Work Title:
High Level Radioactive Waste Management - Proceedings of the Annual International Conference
Proceedings of the 5th Annual International Conference on High Level Radioactive Waste Management. Part 3 (of 4)