Evidence supporting the safety of storing the nation's waste in a single location has been proven, said Anthony Baratta, professor of Nuclear Energy at Pennsylvania State University.
Nine sites in six states were initially investigated as potential repository locations and Baratta
said the underground site, which is under construction, can survive natural disasters like an earthquake or a terrorist attack and can remain in safe operation for 10,000 years.Baratta
said simulated waste has been placed at the site to see how it will react and it performed favorably.
If all of the waste was laid out on a football field it would be piled 20 feet high, he
said.That matter is a ''manageable'' amount of material, material that was never intended for long-term storage.
The mountain is being constructed to handle ''all of the current waste and then some,'' Baratta
said.It is estimated the mountain would be able to safely store 77,000 tons of the waste, but would not be open at least until 2010.
Not all of the fuel can be moved immediately, however, as newer waste needs to ''cool off'' before it is moved.
Republican 2nd-Dist.U.S. Rep.