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June 8, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Nuclear Waste Storage: An ugly issue with no solution in sight

The United States is struggling to form a plan to deal with the permanent storage of radioactive nuclear waste. Sites are expected to keep spent fuel onsite until a permanent location is established. Hanford must also store the legacy waste created by 45 years of making weapons grade plutonium.

Entry sign at Hanford Site, Washington, in January 2005. (Photograph by TobinFricke)

HANFORD, Wash — What do you do with multiple tons of radioactive nuclear waste? I’m talking about the amount created by 104 operating nuclear reactors, including 54 million gallons of legacy waste currently sitting in 177 buried, leak-prone tanks at the Hanford Site in central Washington State.

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