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Too Hot To Handle: Weapons Grade Nuclear Waste In A Nevada Landfill?

For years, the federal government just didn't know what to do with its stockpile of Uranium 233. The experimental fuel had been created as an alternative to naturally occuring uranium, but was abandoned by the government in the 1970s. Since then, it has bounced around the country and wound up at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Now, officials want to dispose of it permamently in a landfill at the Nevada National Security Site. At least one expert who studies nuclear policy thinks the waste is too dangerous for such storage. We'll ask him why the waste is so dangerous, and what this means for the future of nuclear waste disposal.

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Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies

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