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Isolation and disposal of high-level radioactive nuclear wastes can be safely accomplished with deep underground burial in secure geological environments, according to a position statement issued by the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG). The statement was issued in recognition of the seriousness with which nuclear waste disposal is viewed by the public, says Norman R. Tilford, chairman of AEG's Nuclear Energy Committee.

AEG recommends deep burial in specially excavated spaces in structurally adequate bedrock where groundwater is absent or will not return to the biosphere. The association says that safe burial demands selection of a site where erosion will not expose the waste during its radioactive lifetime and where future societies ‘will most probably never expose the waste inadvertently.’