Science: Disposal Problem

A growing and still unsolved problem of the atomic age is what to do with the fiercely radioactive wastes produced by nuclear reactors. Current practice is to evaporate the liquid wastes and store the residue underground in steel tanks. This solution is not good enough. The waste remains dangerous almost indefinitely, and if corrosion, an earthquake or an ill-advised archeologist should liberate the material during the next 1,000 years, the results might be unfortunate.

In Nucleonics, A. C. Herrington, R. G. Shaver and C. W. Sorenson of Oak Ridge list possible disposal methods that may work better.

1) DRY OIL WELLS. If deep...

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