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"Is It Possible to Solve the Nuclear Waste Problem?"

Innovations Case Discussion: Siting of Eurajoki Nuclear Waste Facility

Journal Article, Innovations, volume 1, issue 4, pages 83-92

Fall 2006

Author: Allison Macfarlane, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Managing the Atom; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


"With the issuance of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in February 2007 the world faces the stark reality that it must reduce greenhouse gas emissions immediately or face dire consequences. Nuclear energy provides a reliable source of carbon dioxide–free electricity, and a global expansion of nuclear power could replace fossil-fuel fired plants significantly within twenty to fifty years. One of the main impediments to the expansion of nuclear energy is the unresolved problem of what to do with the nuclear waste. Though nuclear power has been with us almost fifty years, to date, not one of the 30 countries with nuclear power plants has opened a nuclear waste repository...."


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For Academic Citation:

Macfarlane, Allison. "Is It Possible to Solve the Nuclear Waste Problem?." Innovations 1, no. 4 (Fall 2006): 83-92.

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