AUTHORJohnson, Jeff
TITLEThe Forever Waste
PERIODICAL TITLEChemical and Engineering News
DATE PUBLISHED2008
VOLUME NUMBER86
ISSUE NUMBER5 May 2008
PAGE NUMBERS15-21
ISSN0009-2347
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This article reviews the history and current (2008) status of the proposed U.S. nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. It presents the debate over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standard for long-term protection of the human population from high-level radiation generated by nuclear waste and spent fuel. Including diverse viewpoints from experts within the government and the scientific community, the article examines the practical and ethical questions surrounding the fate and regulation of high-level radioactive waste.


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