- One site for high-level radioactive waste is easier to monitor, regulate, and secure
One site for high-level radioactive waste makes sense
A repository will provide for the long-term isolation and storage of used nuclear fuel
- 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.
- Indefinite on-site storage is not a real option.
Yucca Mountain: safe, secure, long-term storage
Strong Federal oversight ensures the repository's safety and security
- 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.
- The repository will be approximately 1,000 feet below the land surface and 1,000 feet above the water table.
Strong Federal oversight and regulatory requirements
- The DOE is required to characterize, obtain approval for, construct, manage, and operate the geologic repository.
- The EPA is required to develop site-specific radiation standards for air, groundwater, food, and soil, designed to protect the public health and environment.
- The NRC is required to license and develop standards for geologic disposal and to apply radiation standards established by the EPA.
Last updated July 10, 2012, 2:59pm CDT.