Rather, I will discuss qualitatively how well Yucca Mountain meets each criterion.In some situations, disagreement exists among experts as to how well Yucca Mountain meets a criterion. In this assessment, only Yucca Mountain will be considered as a possible site.More than 30,000 metric tons of nuclear waste have arisen from U. commercial reactors as well as high level nuclear weapons waste, such as uranium and plutonium [Roush, 1995].
As far as location, a waste site cannot be in an area with a large population or near a ground water supply.
Also, because one of the most significant factors in determining the life span of a possible repository is how long the waste storage canisters will remain in tact, the waste site must be located in a dry climate to eliminate the moisture that can cause the waste canisters to corrode.
Such a volcanic eruption could release damaging amounts of radioactivity to the environment.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a repository for high-level radioactive waste must meet several criteria including safety, location, and economics [Roush, 1995].
The economics involved in selecting a site is another criterion.
At present, the Department of Energy (DOE) has spent more than 1.7 billion dollars on the Yucca Mountain project [Taubes, 1995].The stir caused by theory suggests that researchers have not explored all sides of the safety issue concerning potentially hazardous situations at Yucca Mountain.Bowman's theory that Yucca Mountain could explode is based upon the idea that enough waste will eventually disperse through the rock to create a critical mass.A chain reaction formed underground could then generate huge amounts of energy in a fraction of a second, resulting in a nuclear blast.A nuclear explosion of this magnitude would emit large amounts of radioactivity into the air and ground water.The proposed review will discuss the economical and environmental aspects of a national storage facility.This proposal includes my methods for gathering information, a schedule for completing the review, and my qualifications.A critical mass is an amount of fissile material, such as plutonium, containing enough mass to start a neutron chain reaction [Murray, 1989].Bowman argues that if this chain reaction were started underground, the rocks in the ground would help keep the system compressed and speed up the chain reaction [Taubes, 1995].To avoid losing an important source of energy, a safe and economical place to keep this waste is necessary.This document proposes a literature review of whether Yucca Mountain is a suitable site for a nuclear waste repository.