China plans to build a special laboratory in the Gobi Desert – this will be the deepest storage of radioactive waste in the world.
The country is developing the problem of storing nuclear waste, since in the near future it is planned to build a number of new nuclear power plants: this will increase the share of nuclear power generation by 40%. So China plans to reduce carbon pollution and raise the economic level.
Therefore, it is important to determine how to dispose of spent nuclear waste. They plan to store spent nuclear fuel deep underground. It is believed today to be non-recyclable and accounts for approximately 1% of all radioactive waste. The remaining 99% is low-level radioactive waste, such as personnel clothing, and medium-level radioactive waste, which can include reactor components.
If the laboratory in the Gobi Desert confirms the safety of the disposal, then by 2050 a long-term deep storage facility will be built in the same area for the disposal of highly radioactive waste from Chinese nuclear power plants.