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Plugging the leaks: Research aims to prevent nuclear waste seepage

March 22, 2017
| By: Kristina Ballard
Nuclear waste is a reality, whether remnants of nuclear weapons or the byproducts of nuclear power plants. While we aren’t at risk of an attack from a giant radioactive lizard, nuclear waste can still pose threats to human health. Dr. Zachary Grasley, an associate professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, conducted experiments for the Savannah River National Lab (SRNL) in hopes of preventing nuclear waste leakage. The waste in question is relatively harmless, especially compared to what we see in comic books and movies, but it is a waste that must be safely disposed of. The best way to safely store and contain this nuclear waste is by mixing it into a cement grout and storing it in large concrete vaults.

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