Nuclear professionals have extensive experience in the handling of radioactive material and have designed safe, secure and reliable means of its transportation, storage and disposal.
For decades, the National Academy of Sciences has recommended disposing waste underground to ensure the protection of public health and the environment. The unique combination of rock characteristics and deep water table make the Yucca Mountain site capable of isolating the waste.
A single repository like Yucca Mountain is easier to monitor, regulate, and secure. Used (spent) nuclear fuel consists of ceramic pellets encased in metal tubes. It is not a liquid, a gas, or green ooze. It cannot explode and does not burn.
The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 details a method and timeline for site selection, construction, and operation of nuclear waste repositories.
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Last updated July 10, 2012, 2:54pm CDT.