Reducing the risk and liability of growing nuclear waste inventories
At hundreds of sites and locations around the world, radioactive used nuclear fuel is sitting in temporary dry casks and pools, according to the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA). Although a pencil-eraser-sized pellet of nuclear fuel produces as much energy as 2,000 pounds of coal, there are no permanent repositories for retrievable underground storage or final disposal anywhere in the world.
Today, there is an alternative solution being developed for disposal of used nuclear fuel rods from commercial power plants, as well as defense-related high-level waste. Bechtel is working with Deep Isolation, Inc. to accelerate the deployment of their innovative and patented technology to safely isolate used nuclear fuel rods and high-level radioactive waste in deep geologic boreholes.
Using technology developed in the oil and gas industry, it’s now possible to drill down thousands of feet, and then slowly turn the borehole to horizontal so that canisters can be lowered into the hole and safely sealed deep underground, below any water table.
As part of the Deep Isolation team, Bechtel will provide project management, business, and engineering capability for company’s sales in U.S. and other country markets, including those with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Deep Isolation will provide options to support Bechtel’s cleanup work at federal government sites around the country.
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