Funding worth £1.5 million has been awarded for research into the disposal of nuclear waste. The University of Sheffield will investigate the durability of spent nuclear fuel. Dr Claire Corkhill will build a model and chemistry of the radioactive waste material and assess its long term stability under simulated geological disposal conditions. Over 60 years the UK has generated nuclear waste with a volume capable of filling Wembley Stadium and is expected to remain radioactive for more than 100,000 years, according to the university. While the potential for radioactive elements released into the atmosphere are “extremely low”, there is concern that groundwater may begin to slowly dissolve it, it added.
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