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Radioactive Waste Could be Locked Inside Glass for Safer Storage

Radioactive Waste Could be Locked Inside Glass for Safer Storage

The current method used to dispose of radioactive materials requires an excessive amount of concrete, and it’s extremely space-intensive due to the increased volume of the material that has to be entombed. In response to this, researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering developed a new process that mixes plutonium-contaminated waste with blast furnace slag to create glass. If employed, this new storage method would result in an 80 percent reduction of waste volume, along with a more stable end product.

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