Proof of Safety at Yucca Mountain

  title={Proof of Safety at Yucca Mountain},
  author={Luther J. Carter and Thomas H. Pigford},
  pages={447 - 448}
Controversy over geologic disposal of spent fuel and other highly radioactive waste has long turned on a persistent question, within as well as outside the technical community, whether radioactive elements will be safely contained over the long period of hazard. In this Policy Forum, Carter and Pigford call for a proof of safety in repository design very unlike what the U.S. Department of Energy is pursuing at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. A containment system based on a capillary barrier is… Expand
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