Nuclear waste: Planning for the next million years
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Enclosed in new archival quality removable mylar cover. The distinguished natural scientist and grandson of his famous namesake, has here set himself the task of predicting the future of the human race over the course of the next million years. His conclusions, logical and inescapable as they seem, will probably shock most readers. More information about this seller Contact this seller 3. Tan Cloth. Condition: Near Fine.
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Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Very uncommon as a first American edition with original DJ. From the start, locals protested vehemently. A decades-long battle ensued with intense debate over whether the site was geologically suitable. Some experts claimed that with its location in a sparsely populated area close to the then border with East Germany, the site was selected more for political than scientific reasons. In the government put a moratorium on the investigation.
Officially, a site is to be identified by and built by But the state of Saxony is already pushing to be excluded from the process and some experts say this bid looks highly optimistic. In France, the plan for a clay repository near the village of Bure is more advanced than most. Unknown costs Besides the technical and political issues surrounding final disposal there are also massive economic challenges.
In Germany, nuclear power plant operators are largely responsible for decommissioning reactors once they are switched off — this is where spent fuel is removed and sites dismantled — a process that takes decades in itself. Under an agreement reached last year, waste disposal is now the responsibility of the state.
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Utilities are to pay But experts worry that ultimately, taxpayers will be left footing the bill. Instead, the calculation is based on year-old estimates for the Gorleben site. Long-term intermediate storage Some experts say final disposal is a bit of a red herring in any case. As appealing as the idea of settling the matter once and for all might be, questions have been raised about the long-term security of even the Finnish project. The UK and France have used wet storage for spent nuclear fuel, meaning the waste is kept in pools for long periods of time.
Depending on the age of the fuel, you might get fuel fires that will dwarf the nuclear accidents we have seen so far. In the UK, Andrew Blowers of independent expert group Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates says the locations of planned reactors pose their own set of problems. Tip of the iceberg And all this concerns only a tiny fraction of the overall radioactive waste problem. A single uranium mine, like the German Wismut, can generate hundreds of millions of tonnes of waste.
Intermediate-level waste storage repositories in Germany have also been fraught with technical and public acceptance problems, while decommissioning in the UK has seen costs spiral out of control. Germany has decided to phase out nuclear power altogether. Having defined volumes of material to deal with should give it some advantage, but Thomas says there is still too little experience of decommissioning to really know what the country is in for. I think there are six plants that have been fully decommissioned that operated for a decent amount of time.
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