Deep Isolation aims to bury nuclear waste using boreholes


Elizabeth Muller, the CEO, and Richard Muller, the chief technology officer, of Deep Isolation, in Texas for their 2019 demonstration.

Photographer: Roman Pino, Courtesy Deep Isolation

There is no permanent nuclear waste depository in the United States. Instead, nuclear waste is stored in dry casks at the locations of currently operating and former nuclear power plants around the country.

Deep Isolation, a start-up founded by a daughter-father team in Berkeley, California, is aiming to change that.

Deep Isolation plans to commercialize technology to dig 18-inch-diameter holes deep into the surface of the Earth, then slide radioactive nuclear waste in…


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