More Problems With Yucca Nuke Dump

Many geology and water isssues have been overlooked by the DOE in selecting Yucca Mountain as the nation's nuclear depository.
October 23, 2003, 3pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository assumes geological stability over 10,000 years. Too bad the government didn't pay more attention to what geologists had to say... There are other unanswered questions that could affect the performance of Yucca Mountain for holding nuclear waste. For one, it’s not clear that DOE has correctly predicted the increase in precipitation over the next ten centuries, leading to uncertainty about the probability that water will infiltrate the repository. In particular, DOE has not adequately accounted for the likely increases in temperature and rainfall that will occur due to anthropogenic climate change."

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Published on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 in Technology Review
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