Idea For Disposal Of Nuclear Waste Emerges

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Funny cartoon about unfunny problem of nuclear waste




Commercial nuclear power plants have been in use since the 1950’s and we still don’t know what to do with the stupid radioactive waste.

So we punt. In the US, we have over 100 nuclear reactors where the spent fuel is stored on site in casks and in “pools”.

Dumb? You bet it’s dumb! The reason we’re not smarter about this stuff is, as usual, politics but I can see from your face you don’t want to hear it.

Whatever! The question is what to do with it all. Dr. Neil Hyatt (Faculty of Engineering, University of Sheffield) has been working on the problem in England which is faced with a similar problem. His idea is to mix the “hot stuff” with slag from blast furnaces. This turns it into a glass. It also shrinks it down to roughly 15% of its original volume and locks it into a stable form in a “cost effective” manner.

Mister ScienceAintSoBad thinks Hyatt is going in the right direction. Reducing the volume and locking the stuff into an ultrastable form is a great idea. If our leaders can’t figure out a way to properly dispose of the stuff, maybe we can try encapsulating them in hot slag. It wouldn’t really solve anything but – be honest – wouldn’t it feel tremendously satisfying?

ScienceAintSoBadRating = 9 for Dr. Hyatt’s idea. It’s a good one.


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The drawing is one of mine

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