368 – Nuclear Waste Disposal and Storage

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Guest: Gareth Law, Heini Reijonen, Sophie Haapalehto
Host: Markus Voelter   Shownoter: Pascal Becker

In this episode we cover the final storage of nuclear waste in underground facilities. We start out with a conversation about the basic process and the chemistry and physics of nuclear waste with Gareth Law, a professor of radiochemistry at the university of Helsinki. We then discuss geological issues with Heini Reijonen of the Geological Survey of Finland. Our third conversation is about the Onkalo storage facility in Finland with Sophie Haapalehto, who works for Posiva, the operator of the site.

Here are a few additional links you might want to check out:

Introduction Gareth Law and Nuclear Power


Gareth Law | Radiochemistry | Pressurized water reactor | Uranium-235 | Plutonium-239 | Activation product | Nuclear reprocessing | Yellowcake

Waste in Nuclear Power Plants and Short-Term Storage


Radioactive waste (The World Nuclear Waste Report 2019 - Focus Europe)

Introduction Heini Reijonen and Geological Stable Regions for Nuclear Waste


Geological Survey of Finland | Integrated Water Flow Model (IWFM) (OmegaTau 81 - Geophysical Modeling in Oil Exploration)

Storages in the Future


Voyager Golden Record

Introduction Sophie Haapalehto and Posiva Waste Repository


Posiva Oy | Onkalo spent nuclear fuel repository | Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant | KBS-3