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Too Hot To Handle: Weapons Grade Nuclear Waste In A Nevada Landfill?
Too Hot To Handle: Weapons Grade Nuclear Waste In A Nevada Landfill?

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AIR DATE: May 15, 2013

For years, the federal government just didn't know what to do with its stockpile of Uranium 233. The experimental fuel had been created as an alternative to naturally occuring uranium, but was abandoned by the government in the 1970s. Since then, it has bounced around the country and wound up at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Now, officials want to dispose of it permamently in a landfill at the Nevada National Security Site. At least one expert who studies nuclear policy thinks the waste is too dangerous for such storage. We'll ask him why the waste is so dangerous, and what this means for the future of nuclear waste disposal.

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Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies

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    U-233 from the Idaho site has already been disposed of at NNSS. Something should have been said before that was done.
    Tony Kluk, retiredMay 15, 2013 14:49:35 PM
    Would the "salt mine" disposal in New Mexico be a reasonable option? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_Isolation_Pilot_Plant Thank you, Scott
    Scot SwankMay 15, 2013 09:36:14 AM
    The Waste Isolation Plant is for materials that have more protons than uranium. On the one hand, that distinction seems arbitrary and this material would be good to have down the bottom of that hole with the other stuff there. On the other hand, the activists in New Mexico surely don't want to open up their site for everything nasty under the sun. Area 5 at the NNSS really doesn't seem adequately secure...secure as it is...for this material.
    Jim HaberMay 16, 2013 17:39:42 PM
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