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Salt: The Natural Nuclear Preservative

by Elizabeth Ryan 

Tags: Environment, salt, New Mexico, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, nuclear waste, Miller-McCune, Elizabeth Ryan,

nuclearCheck out the fascinating natural wonder that functions as the keeper of millions of gallons of radioactive waste. Miller-McCune's Matt Palmquist journeyed underground to a salt formation in southeast New Mexico that is home to the world’s sole functioning “deep geologic nuclear waste disposal site.” The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has been highly effective and accident free in its decade of existence, with one researcher boasting that it’s “safer than working at Toys R Us.” Bonus: There’s a video on the WIPP site if you’re interested in a visual overview of the storage process.

Source: Miller-McCune

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