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Light at the End of the Radwaste Disposal Tunnel Could Be Real

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Science  08 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6039, pp. 150-152
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6039.150

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In the wake of the 2010 abandonment of the Yucca Mountain program, the U.S. advisory Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB) puts the United States among those nations whose nuclear waste-disposal programs "either have lost public trust and confidence or seem never to have merited it at all," as the board stated in an April report to Congress. So as the Administration's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future prepares to deliver its draft report (see p. 148), many authoritative groups have been driving home the lessons learned from Yucca Mountain and around the world. NWTRB put it most succinctly: "The interdependencies, both subtle and overt, between the technical, social, and political forces are inescapable."