Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Deep Borehole Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Waste -- NWTRB

This paper from the Nuclear Waste Techical Review Board describes deep borehole disposal as "a type of geologic disposal in which spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and solid high level radioactive waste (HLW) are isolated from the environment by emplacement in boreholes at depths from two to five kilometers (Km) beneath the land surface.

Key aspects of deep borehole disposal addressed in this fact sheet are safety, capacity, technical feasibility and technical challenges. Safety results from the geologic isolation of the radioactive materials and depends strongly on the characteristics of the geologic environment."

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