Disposal of radioactive waste

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Abstract

A comprehensive study to determine whether sediments in deep ocean basins would be suitable sites for disposal of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants is being conducted by Sandia Laboratories for the Energy Research and Development Administration.

Deep ocean waste disposal differs markedly from land disposal schemes in that water, which must be avoided in land disposal sites, is considered an inherent part of the barrier system. Indications are that burial of the waste in the sediment up to 20,000 ft (6080 m) below the surface of the water would prevent the long-lived transuranic elements from migrating to new sites where they could reconcentrate, threatening life and human activity.

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