India scouting for sites to store nuclear waste

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  1. bhramos

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    NEW DELHI: In a first initiative of its kind, India has begun scouting for deep underground sites to store for several decades the nuclear waste generated from its burgeoning atomic power programme.

    As a first step, the Department of Atomic Energy will set up an underground laboratory in one of its uranium mines to study qualities of the rock at the mine bottom to decide whether it can be used to store nuclear waste.

    "We are looking for a rock formation that is geologically stable, totally impervious and without any fissures," Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Srikumar Banerjee told reporters here.

    He said the DAE plans to set up the underground facility during the 12th Plan Period for studying the Deep Geological Repository to store the high level nuclear waste.

    The site should not have experienced any event in recorded history and should have a cooling mechanism using air draft as the nuclear waste would generate decay heat, which has to be removed.

    However, as Indian atomic programme is committed to follow the closed fuel cycle the final nuclear waste may not have long half-life as is the case with some other countries. Currently, the Solid Storage Surveillance Facility at Tarapur near Mumbai is used to store the high-level waste after being immobilised in glass-matrix by a process called vitrification.

    The low and intermediate level radioactive wastes generated during a nuclear fuel cycle are treated in an eco-friendly way. "The facility at Tarapur has an area equivalent to one- fourth of a football ground. This is sufficient to store vitrified waste from two 540 MWe reactors during their full life of 40 years," R K Sinha, director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, said.

    The Tarapur facility, designed and constructed indigenously, has 1,800 silos for storage of double-walled canisters containing radioactive waste. This waste will remain in the facility for 30 years after which it would be transferred to the deep geological repository, Sinha said, adding that a similar facility is also being planned at Kalpakkam.

    The repository will have radiation monitors to timely detect any radioactive leak in the region, Banerjee said.

    India scouting for sites to store nuclear waste - The Economic Times
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    Put them in sealed canisters and dump them in the bottom of the ocean.

    Mining the ore and generating power:


    Disposal:
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    And if the canister springs a leak there will be a massive disaster on our hands.

    Seal them in cemented bunkers or space them when space flight gets cheaper.
     
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    You are right.

    On the other hand, I'd like that radioactive waste to stay physically away from India. We could always dump them in South China Sea. Just kidding. Well, perhaps at a point in Pacific that is farthest from inhabited landmass. Of course, we are putting at risk some species, and biologists will cry, but I'd rather have some dead fish than dead humans.
     
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    Dump it in Pakistan. Its a wasteland anyways :rofl:

    Sending to space is the worst option. It's fraught is danger. If the rocket fails and falls back or worse it explodes after launch, it will be a huge catastrophe. The govt cannot possibly thinking of making a dump on Indian landmass. It has to be out in the ocean.
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    use it in breeder reactors. get more fuel after separating the actinides.
     
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    Only way out is to do further research and make sure fuel waste in its entirety can be recycled and put back into the reactor.
     
  9. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Nuclear waste is a huge issue.

    No safe disposal has been devised as yet.
     
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    how about buying a island in Greece as they have put them up for sale due to their present economic conditions and dispose the waste there
     
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    It should be disposed off in some low earthquake risk desert or semi arid region that has no ground water.

    Disposing in sea, or space can lead to global catastrophe.
     
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  12. panduranghari

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    Hmm I remember a Star Trek Episode when VGER is going to invade earth. The military establishment on Earth goes into overdrive to prevent that. Kirk is dispatched to find out more. It turns out VGER is nothing but Voyager 1 with some letters covered with gunk hence VGER. Its captured by Aliens and it is sent back to earth on a even bigger craft so that Earthlings get all the Data it has collected over centuries.

    Just saying.
     
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    It should be stored in some safe site underground, after nuclear fuel can be re-used after enrichment again
     

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