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Scientists: Capacity at US nuclear waste dump a challenge


November 30, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The lack of space at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository is among several challenges identified Friday by a group of scientists and other experts who are looking at the viability of disposing tons of weapons-grade plutonium at the desert location.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a preliminary report on the U.S. government's plan, which calls for diluting 34 metric tons of plutonium and shipping it to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.

The purpose of the work would be to sati...

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