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Are nuclear waste mausoleums in our future?

By soome2000     Mar 26, 2007 in Environment
A nuclear industry study suggest storing radioactive waste fuel underground in and around Ontario cities may be a wise choice.
A report from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization gives a tentative okay to locations such as Toronto, London, Windsor, Niagara, Kingston, Ottawa and a swath running from Kitchener to Barrie.
Earlier studies found the Canadian Shield's granite was the only rock formation stable enough for the necessary millennia of storage. Nuclear mausoleums could be buried a kilometre deep in those areas, because the sedimentary rock is a low risk for fractures and water seepage.
About one point nine million bundles of waste fuel are now stored temporarily on-site at Canada's twenty-two nuclear reactors, largely in concrete casks.
Now we are back to the problem of dealing with nuclear waste. On March 16 it was reported:
"The worlds largest nuclear refinery has cleared environmental regulatory hurdles for a proposed modification. Cameco refinery in Blind River wants the change the way it burns radioactively contaminated combustible by-products. Before it can make the move it needs a series of approvals from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. " ..and many locals didn't even realize it was there.
Will over ninety percent of people in the affected regions accept this option?
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