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Does Southeast Asia’s nuclear energy plan consider risks?

Temporary nuclear waste disposal facility in the Netherlands.(Courtesy of/Vita Verwaaijen)
Vita Verwaaijen and Ibnu Budiman
Amsterdam/Wageningen, the Netherlands   ●   Tue, April 13 2021

Nuclear energy has the potential to be part of the energy mix plan in the post-pandemic era in Southeast Asia. To complete the plan, the problem of radioactive (or nuclear) waste must be anticipated. It is an important component in managing risks from nuclear power plants.

Radioactive waste is a byproduct of nuclear reactors, fuel processing plants. Radioactive waste is also generated while decommissioning and dismantling nuclear reactors and other nuclear facilities.

The radioactivity of nuclear waste lasts for at least 10,000 years, so nuclear waste must be stored for a long period that raises many ethical questions and issues. Building storage for this waste requires an ability to envision what society, the environment and their interaction would be like in 10,000 years and more. This is not an easy practice and may lie beyond human imagination, as illustrated f...

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