Renewed project could protect environment for millennia

Brian Powell, right, works on a test bed
that was developed for the team’s research.

A team that has included more than 85 researchers from three South Carolina universities is receiving $2 million to continue investigating how buried nuclear waste would react with soil and groundwater if it were to leak into the environment.

It’s a project that researchers said could help ensure safe disposal of nuclear waste, ideally for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years.  The project, led by Brian Powell of Clemson University, began in 2014 with $5.25 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, also commonly called by the acronym EPSCoR.

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