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The Columbia Generating Station nuclear reactor (formerly WPPSS Nuclear Project 2) produces large quantities of high-level radioactive waste, with no disposal site. Over three million pounds of high-level radioactive waste has been generated by the CGS nuclear plant since it began operation in 1984. All of it is stored on site at Hanford, and it is roughly equal in combined radioactivity to the remaining US Department of Energy defense waste generated by Cold War nuclear weapons manufacturing there. Despite years of study, no repository for this high-level radioactive waste, which must be kept out of the environment for hundreds of thousands of years, has been established by the federal government.
 

The Downside of High Burnup Fuel The storage risks of high-burnup nuclear waste. By Robert Alvarez, Nuclear Intellignece Weekly, July 15, 2016

Former US Department of Energy Official Warns of Radioactive Waste Hazard at Nuclear Plant on the Columbia River Robert Alvarez, a former policy advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration, released a report entitled
The Hazards of High-Level Radioactive Waste in the Pacific Northwest: A Review of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management at the Columbia Generating Station (PDF). November 19, 2014

Radioactive Waste No safe, permanent solution has yet been found anywhere in the world - and may never be found - for the nuclear waste problem. In the U.S., the only identified and flawed high-level radioactive waste deep repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada has been canceled. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an end to the production of nuclear waste and for securing the existing reactor waste in hardened on-site storage. By Beyond Nuclear

Radioactive Waste Project Articles from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Nuclear waste storage is a multi-generational challenge Alliance for Nuclear Accountability

Yucca Mountain, Nevada: Proposed high-level radioactive waste dump Fact sheets and overview. Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS). Includes:
   The role of geology at the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository (2014)
   Why Reviving Yucca Mountain as a Nuclear Waste Repository Will Not Work (2015)
   Yucca Mountain–a Brief History (2015)

If not Yucca Mountain, then what? An alternative plan for managing highly radioactive waste in the United States. By Lisa Ledwidge, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, 2001

 


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