National Geographic : 1992 Sep
To MOST PEOPLE, IT'S A COMPLEX DIAGRAM. To SCIENTISTS, IT'S A CLEAR SUMMARY OF SAFE NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL. More than 30 years of scientific study have confirmed and reconfirmed how to safely, permanently dispose of the used fuel from nuclear electric plants: isolate it geologically. According to the National Academy of Sciences, "There is a strong worldwide consensus that the best, safest long-term option for dealing with high-level waste is geologic isolation." The used nuclear fuel (in the form of ceramic pellets) would be sealed inside layers of steel; © 1992USCEA put in carefully engineered structures at least 1,000 feet underground, within dry rock formations that have a long history of geologic stability; and monitored closely. Also agreeing on the safety and feasibility of this solution are the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Physical Society. For more information on the conclusions of these and other independent authorities, please write to the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness, PO. Box 66080, Department WA04, Washington, D.C. 20035.