Points of View: How Should Nuclear Waste Be Stored?

Yucca Mountain was selected by Congress to be the location for the first U.S. permanent storage site for waste produced by nuclear power plants. Following protests by Nevada residents and environmental activists, these plans were dropped in 2010.

Nuclear fuel is used to generate electricity at power plants. When nuclear fuel rods can no longer serve this function, they are classified as high level radioactive waste. High-level radioactive waste includes solids, liquids, and gases containing a high concentration of radioactive isotopes that take approximately 100,000 years to decay. While nuclear energy is clean energy that can easily provide power for large cities without producing any air pollution, nuclear waste poses a major disposal problem.

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