United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Conceptual Design of Yucca Mountain Disposal Plan

The Yucca Mountain Disposal Plan

  1. Canisters of waste, sealed in special casks, are shipped to the site by truck or train.
  2. Shipping casks are removed, and the inner tube with the waste is placed in a steel, multilayered storage container.
  3. An automated system sends storage containers underground to the tunnels.
  4. Containers are stored along the tunnels, on their side.

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