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Postpone the nuclear waste decision
Date:4/2/2012

nd used as a resource despite the radiation.

'Picture a very energy-hungry world where nobody knows how to handle nuclear waste. Let's say we stop using nuclear power in 100 years, and somebody digs it up 500 years later. How do we know that the necessary knowledge about how to manage the waste is passed on to future generations? Or maybe archaeologists will dig it up in say 2000 years in response to some indication that the rock is hiding.

Mats Andrn believes that it would be better to store the waste above ground, where it can be safely monitored, and postpone the storage decision for another couple of decades.

'Maybe we'll use nuclear power for another 40-100 years. I argue that the storage decision can wait and that we should focus on evaluating the options and on gaining more knowledge in the meantime.'

The book Nuclear Waste Management and Legitimacy. Nihilism and Responsibility will start selling on 14 March.


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Contact: Mats Andrn
mats.andren@lir.gu.se
46-031-786-4476
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert

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