NPR Morning Edition, April 30, 2019

As Nuclear Waste Piles Up, Private Companies Pitch New Ways To Store It

In a story by Jeff Brady of NPR, Deep Isolation is featured as a private company offering a viable plan for permanent storage of nuclear waste. Part of a special series, Environment and Energy Collaborative, the story details the congressional debate about what to do with the country’s growing inventory of nuclear waste.

Event, April 26, 2019

EarthXEnergy Conference

Rod Baltzer spoke as part of a panel session, “Next Gen Nuclear and National Security,” at the EarthXEnergy Conference.

Press Release, April 15, 2019

Deep Isolation Publishes Technical Paper in Peer-Reviewed Journal Energies

Company will Present Multiple Papers at the 2019 International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management in Knoxville, Tennessee 

Berkeley, CA – Deep Isolation, a leading innovator in nuclear waste disposal solutions, announces the publication of its paper, “Thermal evolution near heat-generating nuclear waste canisters disposed in horizontal drillholes” in Energies, a peer-reviewed open-access journal of energy-related scientific research, technology development, engineering, and policy and management.  The paper was published February 13, 2019, and was written by hydrogeologist Stefan Finsterle, alongside Deep Isolation colleagues Richard A. Muller, Rod A. Baltzer, Joe Payer, and James W. Rector.

A second paper, “Corrosion performance of engineered barrier system in deep horizontal drillholes,” written by Joe Payer, corrosion and reliability engineer at Deep Isolation and chief scientist emeritus for the National Corrosion Center at the University of Akron, has also been accepted for peer review in Energies on April 11, 2019. Coauthors include Finsterle, Muller, and John Apps.

Deep Isolation will give presentations on thermal issues and waste disposal canister design that draw from these papers at the International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (IHLRWM 2019) taking place April 14-18, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Two other papers covering drillhole technology and stakeholder engagement will also be discussed at the conference.

 “Deep Isolation is bringing something new to the table. Our technology for horizontal drillhole disposal is sound and our community-based siting approach is groundbreaking,” says Rod Baltzer, Deep Isolation’s COO. “Our disposal solution can be customized for a country’s needs and specific waste inventory.” 

Richard Muller, the Chief Technology Officer, said, “We believe that deep disposal of high-level nuclear waste in horizontal drillholes addresses a multitude of issues that challenged previous approaches while offering a less expensive solution. Even though we are a private company, we believe that transparency and full engagement with the scientific community is essential to assure the safety of the public, and publication of these papers is a key step in that process.”

IHLWRM 2019 is an international forum attended by hundreds of the world’s most reputable scientists, all working on issues surrounding long-term storage and disposal. It attracts an international audience from over 70 countries. This year’s theme centers around consent-based processes with an emphasis on information sharing across multiple generations.

The following four papers will highlight major aspects of Deep Isolation’s solution to the global nuclear waste disposal challenge:

  • Nuclear Waste Facility Siting: Learning from Success and Failure; Monday, April 15, 2:20 p.m. 
  • Corrosion Resistant Alloy Canisters for Nuclear Waste Disposal in Horizontal Drillholes; Tuesday, April 16, 10:15 a.m. 
  • Numerical Evaluation of Thermal Effects from Nuclear Waste Disposed in Horizontal Drillholes; Wednesday, April 17, 9:25 a.m. 
  • Deep Isolation: Innovative Technology for the Storage and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and Other High-Level Waste; Thursday, April 18, 9:50 a.m. 

High-level waste such as spent nuclear fuel is currently stranded at points of generation in the U.S. and is waiting for permanent disposal. In the U.S., billions of taxpayer dollars have already been spent without yet obtaining a solution for nuclear waste. In addition, over 30 countries play host to a growing inventory of radioactive waste that is also waiting for disposal. Deep Isolation offers a global solution that provides a deep horizontal drillhole repository that could be near or at the point of waste generation, which would reduce the need for long-haul transportation.

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About Deep Isolation 
Berkeley-based Deep Isolation is a leading innovator in nuclear waste disposal solutions. Founded through a passion for environmental stewardship, scientific ingenuity, and American entrepreneurship, Deep Isolation’s world-class team of experts has developed a patented solution using directional drilling to safely secure waste deep underground. For more information, visit www.deepisolation.com or contact info@deepisolation.com. 

Event, April 14-18, 2019

IHLRWM 2019

Jim Hamilton, Tim Frazier, and Joe Payer presented at the International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management this April about community and stakeholder engagement, the Deep Isolation solution, and corrosion resistant alloy canisters respectively.

Event, April 9-11, 2019

World Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Rod Baltzer presented the Deep Isolation solution on Wednesday, April 11, at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle co-organized by Nuclear Energy Institute and World Nuclear Association in Miami, Florida.

Press Release, March 5, 2019

Deep Isolation Introduces Nuclear Waste Disposal Innovations at WM2019

March 6, 2019, COO Rod Baltzer Will Present Innovation for the Storage and Disposal of High-Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel at the annual Waste Management Symposium in Phoenix AZ

Phoenix, AZ – Deep Isolation, a leading innovator in nuclear waste disposal solutions, will present their solution for spent nuclear fuel disposal at the 45th annual Waste Management Symposium on Wednesday, March 6th. The annual conference draws over 2,000 policy makers, industry representatives, and nuclear experts from around the world to exchange ideas and develop potential solutions to managing and dispositioning radioactive waste.

“We have something new to address a pressing global issue,” says Rod Baltzer, Deep Isolation’s Chief Operating Officer. “We have a solution to dispose of spent nuclear fuel deep underground. Our horizontal drillhole repository concept can remove the need for transportation and we have solved the retrievability concerns with borehole disposal approaches. We think others will be as enthusiastic as we are about the benefits we are bringing to the table.”

The Deep Isolation discussion will begin at 3:45 p.m. in Room 105C at the Phoenix Convention Center. Rod Baltzer will participate during the Innovation for the Storage and Disposal of High-Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel track, part of Session 098 in the WM2019 program, Stabilization/Immobilization of HLW, SNF/UNF and Long-Lived Alpha/TRU. The company will also exhibit the solution at booth #427.

High Level Waste (HLW) and Used Nuclear Fuel (UNF) have been stranded at points of generation waiting on a permanent, safe disposal solution. Billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on permanent nuclear waste disposal.  Over 30 countries play host to a growing stockpile of radioactive waste in need of a solution. Deep Isolation offers a solution that provides a deep geologic repository at the point of generation, removes the need for long-haul transportation, and can be deployed worldwide.

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About Deep Isolation
Berkeley based Deep Isolation is a leading innovator in nuclear waste disposal solutions. Founded through a passion for environmental stewardship, scientific ingenuity, and American entrepreneurship, Deep Isolation’s world-class team of experts has developed a patented solution using directional drilling to safely secure waste deep underground. For more information, contact info@deepisolation.com.

Event, March 3-7, 2019

WM Symposia

Rod Baltzer presented the Deep Isolation approach in the WM Symposia’s Wednesday session, High-Level Radioactive Wastes, Spent Nuclear Fuel/Used Nuclear Fuel.