Shale: an overlooked option for US nuclear waste disposal

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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Abstract

Toss a dart at a map of the United States and, more often than not, it will land where shale can be found underground. A drab, relatively featureless sedimentary rock that historically attracted little interest, shale (as used here, the term includes clay and a range of clay-rich rocks) is entering Americans’ consciousness as a new source of gas and oil. But shale may also offer something entirely different—the ability to safely and permanently house high-level nuclear waste.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Shale: an overlooked option for US nuclear waste disposal
Series title Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Contributing office(s) National Research Program - Eastern Branch
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