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Solving the nuclear waste problem

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A 'no trespassing' sign warns people to stay away from a proposed nuclear waste dump site of Yucca Mountain in Nevada. CISAC's Rodney Ewing, a mineralogist and professor of geological sciences, writes in a new Science magazine essay that the United States needs a nuclear waste strategy that can persist over decades, not just until the next election.
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CISAC's Rodney Ewing and co-author Allison Macfarlane explain in this commentary article in Science magazine how the U.S. can overcome major obstacles to its current nuclear waste program. They note, "Nuclear facilities, whether for disposal or interim storage, take decades to plan, license, and build. Moreover, sustained opposition to a nuclear facility can prevail, simply because opponents only need to succeed occasionally to derail large, complicated projects. The United States needs a strategy that can persist over decades, not just until the next election." Read more.