Is it safe?

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Abstract

How much chance is there that nuclear waste will leak out of its proposed resting place at Yucca Mountain in Nevada over the next 100 centuries? According to the Department of Energy, about as much chance as a volcano erupting through the site.

Continued concerns about the geologic suitability of the site are behind DOE's decision to concentrate on looking for features that would disqualify it; the search will prevent the facility from receiving waste until at least 2010.

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