A Safe and Permanent Solution for Nuclear Waste Disposal
Nuclear waste builds up without a disposal solution.
Around the world, about 400,000 metric tonnes of radioactive spent fuel is temporarily stored in pools and dry casks above ground. No spent nuclear fuel anywhere in the world has yet been placed in a permanent repository.
In the U.S., 1 in 3 Americans lives within 50 miles of the ~80,000 metric tonnes of waste temporarily stored above ground, waiting for permanent storage. Many sites are above ground and exposed to open air.
Sources: Deep Isolation analysis of country-level and regional-level data in IAEA 2018 and ANS: Nuclear News (March 2018)
Deep Isolation has a solution:
Deep Isolation is a new option, both in the U.S. and around the world. Our safe and cost-effective solution takes advantage of mature drilling technology to place canisters containing waste in deep horizontal drillholes.
Isolating waste in deep, stable rock formations provides unparalleled safety for permanently disposing of nuclear waste.
Deep Isolation is supported by a diverse
panel of industry experts
Deep Isolation is adapting recently developed drilling technologies to make disposal of nuclear fuel less expensive and even safer than other approaches. This is a technology that could prove important, not only in the US, but around the world.