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What is Nuclear Waste and What Do We Do With It?

What is Nuclear Waste and What Do We Do With It?
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Radioactive waste is an unavoidable by-product of nuclear power. Ideally it would be stored safely underground, indefinitely. Until we develop such storage facilities, it can be stored in casks above ground for perhaps 100 years.

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Alexander Glaser Alexander Glaser - Dr. Alexander Glaser is Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He is a participant in the University’s Program on Science and Global Security and works with the International Panel on Fissile Materials, which publishes the annual Global Fissile Material Report.