31 Mar '11, 10am

[TR] Singapore Considers Underground Nuclear Reactors

In keeping with our earlier discussion about potential means of making nuclear power safer, here’s another concept — apparently Singapore is looking into building underground nuclear plants as means of improving safety: It may sound like a crazy idea, but Singapore, a tiny island country whose population would have no place to go in the event of a wide-scale evacuation, is giving buried nukes a closer look. The thinking is that you could bury a small reactor in a shallow layer of bedrock, perhaps 30-50 meters underground. Then, if things at the plant go south for any reason, the granite will provide natural containment; simply cement in any access tunnels going down to the facility and walk away. The idea was first floated last fall by Hooman Peimani an energy security specialist at the National University of Singapore. Countries with nuclear power typically build large-sc...

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