Finland is leading the world when it comes to permanently disposing of spent nuclear fuel in a deep geologic repository. Their Onkalo facility recently completed excavation of the first of five final disposal tunnels, a 1.7 km long tunnel. Ground Engineering magazine has a nice article about the project and the recent milestone, but there is a very cool article by BusinessInsider.com where their science reporter got a tour of the facility and has lots of great photos and videos. If you really want to see how the facility will operate, check out that article. One of the videos is shown below, an animation of how the waste capsules will be stored in vertical shafts extending below the main disposal tunnels.
Yucca Mountain Moving Forward
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission – No. 08-106 – June 3, 2008
NRC RECEIVES DOEâ€™S LICENSE APPLICATION TO CONSTRUCT HIGH-LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission received an application today from the U.S. Department of Energy for a license to construct the nationâ€™s first geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nev.
â€œWe are ready to get to work on this challenging review,â€ said NRC Chairman Dale E. Klein. â€œCongress has given the NRC a strict timetable for reviewing this application, and I want to assure the American people that we will perform an independent, rigorous and thorough examination to determine whether the repository can safely house the nationâ€™s high-level waste. The NRCâ€™s licensing decision will be based entirely on the technical merits.â€ [Editor] Read on for the rest of the press release [/Editor]
London Crossrail Project – Europe’s Largest Construction Project
Seven new design contracts were issued today for the Crossrail project including four central London Stations and three significant portals. According to the New Civil Engineer, the project is being called "Europe’s Largest Construction Project". […]