Locating a radioactive waste repository in the ring of fire
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Volume 85, Issue 45, pages 465–471, 9 November 2004
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- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
The scientific, technical, and sociopolitical challenges of finding a secure site for a geological repository for radioactive wastes have created a long and stony path for many countries. Japan carried out many years of research and development before taking its first steps in site selection.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) began looking for a high-level waste repository site (HLW, vitrified residue from reprocessing power reactor fuel) 2 years ago. Over the next 10–20 years, NUMO hopes to find a site to dispose of ∼20,000 tons of HLW in a robustly engineered repository constructed at a depth of several hundred meters.