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February 24, 2014

Govt. panel approves nuclear disposal guidelines




A government-commissioned panel of experts has endorsed a proposal on how to choose locations for burying radioactive nuclear waste.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization, or NUMO, submitted the proposal to the panel on Monday. The organization is responsible for building disposal facilities.

The government panel, including experts in the fields of seismology, volcanoes and groundwater, discussed how NUMO plans to select sites to permanently store the waste deep underground.

The guidelines say the waste should not be buried near active geological faults or within 15 kilometers of volcanoes.

They recommend avoiding places that water could permeate.

The government will use the guidelines to screen candidate sites.

But some members of the panel called for more discussions on whether it is ever safe to store nuclear waste underground.

Feb. 24, 2014 - Updated 20:46 UTC


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