Geological disposal in clay
Storing radioactive waste in a subsoil of clay
SCK CEN is a pioneer in research into storing nuclear waste in deep clay layers. Today, together with ONDRAF/NIRAS and other Belgian partners, it is examining the various options.
Geological disposal in clay: a safe option
At the underground laboratory HADES, experts are developing and testing industrial technologies for building, operating and sealing a repository in deep clay. There, scientists are conducting experiments in a deep clay layer, on a large scale and over a long period of time to evaluate the safety and feasibility of geological disposal in poorly indurated clay.
40 years of research shows that such a repository can be industrially excavated and that long-term safety can be assured. The radioactivity that would be released from the clay layer in highly diluted concentrations after thousands of years would have no impact on people or the environment.
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