Asked in Nuclear Energy
How do Nuclear energy plants get rid of waste?
April 22, 2008 10:35AM
Most of the waste, and all what is called high level waste, is in the spent fuel. When the fuel is unloaded from the reactor it is put in a pool of water where the residual heat can be absorbed. This is on the station site. Subsequent handling depends very much on the national policy for handling nuclear waste. Eventually it should end up in a safe underground store which will be geologically stable for a very long time, ie not subject to earthquakes, flooding etc.
Some low level waste will also occur depending on the type of reactor, and this can be stored on site or sent to a national store. It is sufficient just to bury this type of waste in an underground concrete store, it won't need cooling.