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no human society has ever lasted for as long as nuclear waste must be looked after.

Have you seen the film "Into Eternity"? It's a documentary on the construction of the world's first final waste disposal site in Finland. It has to be built to last 100,000 years, a time span beyond human comprehension. All sorts of mind-boggling questions come into consideration.

Do you leave "markers" above ground to warn people of the danger? In what 'language' (they considered Edvard Munch's "Scream")? No, because people would just mess with the site out of curiosity.

Do you leave some sort of archive? To whom? A caste of specialists? That concept is called "atomic priesthood", which is unrealistic since that would expect an 'atomic religion' with its myths and rituals to persist for 100,000 years.

If it's best left alone how do you make people forget about the site?

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 10:52:09 PM EST
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Fill the mine shaft (I assume it's in an old salt mine or something like that) with concrete. Any civilisation with sufficiently determined archaeologists to go through a hundred meter of concrete to get to your ancient burial chamber either makes sure to check for radiation (from radon emissions from the concrete, if nothing else) or is too dumb to live anyway.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 08:23:43 AM EST
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Filling the tunnel mouth with concrete will happen at decommissioning sometime after 2100. Are we even going make it till then? You have to hope and plan.

People could accidentally encounter the tunnel without drilling through the concrete. It is possible to dig hundreds of meters without advanced industrial equipment, without knowing anything about radioactivity. Very unlikely but possible. It's the time span that makes the whole project incomprehensible.



Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 09:23:42 AM EST
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