Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Earthquake-Prone Japan Mulls Burying Nuclear Waste Earthquake-Prone Japan Mulls Burying Nuclear Waste

This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Global Security Newswire

Earthquake-Prone Japan Mulls Burying Nuclear Waste

July 14, 2014

Japan may bury nuclear waste, despite its earthquakes and hard-to-predict underground movements of water and molten rock, the Associated Press reports.

Entombed storage is one option under investigation at the Horonobe Underground Research Center, a government-subsidized laboratory located 1,150 feet below the surface of Japan's northern Hokkaido prefecture, AP said in a Monday article. The facility is examining possible methods to prevent any release of stored atomic-reactor waste for up to 100,000 years.

Tokyo is weighing the construction of a $35 billion underground site to receive spent nuclear fuel once it has been blended into glass, encased in steel and cooled for up to half a century at Japan's above-ground Rokkasho complex. Under the tentative plan, the island nation would load the potential site to capacity by the year 2100.

 

Identifying possible hosts for such a site has proved difficult, however. Residents of Horonobe, the small town at which the underground research complex is located, have aired concerns about the lab becoming a waste-storage facility if the country fails to find an alternative.

"There is no guarantee this test site won't turn into a final repository," area resident Satoshi Sumi said.

Laboratory chief Kazuhiko Shimizu said Horonobe so far appears capable of safely handling waste. He argued that finding another host location would take two decades.

Japan's nuclear-waste concerns could become more urgent if it drops a plan to recycle material to generate weapon-usable plutonium for civilian reactors, according to AP. Such a move may cause the nation to amass even more spent fuel.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

Job Board
Search Jobs
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Fire Sprinkler Inspector
American Society of Civil Engineers | Charlotte, NC
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Deputy Director of Transit Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Assistant Professor - Water Resources/Ecological Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | Auburn, AL
Product Manager - Chemical Development and Supply - Tulsa, OK
American Society of Civil Engineers | Tulsa, OK
Commissioning Intern
American Society of Civil Engineers | Chicago, IL
Assessment and Remediation Team Lead
American Society of Civil Engineers | Regina, SK
Business Development Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers
Sr. Controls Systems Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Grand Island, NE
Senior Project Manager- Transportation
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Antonio, TX
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Land Surveyor
American Society of Civil Engineers
Quality Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Attica, IN
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus