Friday, February 12, 2010

Sweden's Nuclear Copper Coffin Questioned


SKB, the Swedish company with plans to build the storage center, has told the Council that the waste would be safely stowed for 100,000 years.
But that statement has come under question, most recently after researchers at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology concluded that the capsules were too thin. They held that the copper would erode after just 1,000 years.

I remember 20 years ago when they first came up with something bright and shiny to wrap the waste in. I said: "What?"

So, they have this big leaky granite mountain, they are going to mine straight in, and totally rely on copper. Like I've said before, this makes it the best copper play in the district! Then they throw in some cheap bentonite, which probably hates copper, and walk away. I just don't think this is a great plan....

We can have a very simple plan, with perfect physics, but really bad political karma. Just dig under Lake Ontario with intact shale over dry granite, and have an Egyptian desert of dry, dusty rock. In 100,000 years, the radioactive atoms may penetrate a whole inch into the rock. No earthquake can touch it, since if we design by PGV, instead of stupid PGA, we find there isn't enough seismic energy in solid rock to knock over a coffee cup, which would be the only moisture down there!

Of course, the girl-chasing politicians would never go for it..... :)

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