Nuclear waste storage plans aren’t as safe as we thought

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(Independent) – Researchers at Ohio State University discovered that long-term plans to store radioactive waste from nuclear arms production are unsustainable and would result in radioactive materials being released into the environment. According to a study published in scientific journal Nature Materials, detailing their findings, the materials used to store the hazardous waste corrode far more quickly than previously thought.

The storage solution involves mixing the waste with other products to form glass or ceramics, before encasing them inside metallic canisters and burying them deep underground. Due to changes in the chemistry of the nuclear waste over time, the glass and ceramic materials end up causing “severe” corrosion of the metal canisters.

The authors of the study said one solution could be to develop a compatible barrier material to put between the metal and the glass or ceramics in order to prevent the corrosion.

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