Spaced out waste

Published: Sunday 15 August 1993

-- TWO RUSSIAN scientists propose to get rid of radioactive waste by throwing it out of the solar system. The waste will be blasted out of the earth's atmosphere on conventional rockets and then fired out of the solar system using energy from the waste itself, according to Konversia, a Moscow-based journal.

Oleg Chembrovsky of the Tsiolkovsky Russian Space Academy and Albert Gafarov of the Research Institute for Thermal Processes say their method would be able to dispose of 10 tonnes of radioactive waste a year by 2003 and would cost approximately L10 billion a year. The cost could be offset by a 10 per cent rise in the price of nuclear electricity.

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