- US developed the vision to stop putting excess radioactive
material in the ground and to store it permanently above ground in
monitored retrievable storage facilities. When radioactive waste
was first buried, burial was the best storage/disposal choice
available to the policy makers. Everywhere that DOE has put
radioactive waste into the ground, or in temporary containers, it
has migrated into the environment. In some cases the underground
plume has entered adjacent streams or drinking water wells. This
environmental damage will continue to get worse until procedures
change. Long service life concrete containers are now available
and are cost effective.
understanding of environmental and security issues has changed.
Nuclear technologies have advanced since burial and storage
procedures began. The potential future demand for radioactive
waste - "rad-commodities" is a possibility. We in the
radioactive waste management community must choose to safely
contain and secure radioactive waste for the long term - now.