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Comment: Re:Where there is a wil.. (Score 2) 244

by Applehu Akbar (#47796591) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

I've visited the Nevada Test Site. Our fossil drilling history has given us an unparalleled ability to bore straight holes eight and twelve feet in diameter (standard sizes on the Site) for thousands of feet down. Start anywhere in the country and rill an eight-foot hole down through any sedimentary strata to basement rock, and then keep going for another few thousand feet. drop anything you want in there and allow room for a few hundred feet of sealing concrete before you reach the top of the basement rock layer, and you have a time capsule that will stay there for geologic eons.

We could dispose of our spent nuclear fuel that way, but we wouldn't want to. We would be wasting a large amount of usable fuel.

Comment: We don't need a disposal site (Score 1) 244

by Applehu Akbar (#47796509) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

We need a recycling plant with buffer storage. the whole "disposal" paradigm, including guarding the waste for hundreds of thousands of years, is predicated on the idea that the 95% of unburned fuel that keeps the stuff hot for so long is something that should be thrown away while it slowly decays. It should be recovered and re-used, so that the actual waste remaining after that is trivial. If we used Yucca Mountain as the buffer storage, an accompanying recycling plant would mean lots of good jobs for Nevadans.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)

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