US set to trial deep-hole waste disposal method

May 2015
Engineer (00137758);May2015, Vol. 296 Issue 7863, p5
The article reports on the testing of the deep borehole disposal (DBD) method to safely bury highly radioactive nuclear waste in deep holes in the U.S. in 2016. Topics discussed include the method's development by Sheffield University researchers in Great Britain, the lower cost of DBD compared to the mined repository proposed by the British government, and advances in drilling by the oil and gas and geothermal industries that have made DBD possible.


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