S&T researchers awarded $2 million to assess public perception of nuclear waste sites

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On July 11, 2023

Photo of nuclear waste storage.

Nuclear waste is often stored in dry casks, like those pictured here at the Idaho National Laboratory. However, the U.S. DOE wants to find a more permanent solution for the country’s spent nuclear fuel. Photo courtesy of the DOE.

Researchers from Missouri S&T have been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help find interim storage sites for the country’s spent nuclear fuel.

For decades, the federal government has explored the possibility of storing nuclear waste in a repository at the Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but the DOE now says that option is off the table. This led to S&T’s involvement as leader of one of 13 teams across the nation conducting research for the agency.

The S&T team will assess and document the concerns of residents in the St. Louis area who live in the proximity of legacy waste sites where national defense-related nuclear material from World War II up to the Cold War is stored.

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