Repository: A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure

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This deck of cards is a piece of arts. In the beginning it feels like it is a conceptual verbal interplay between the nuclear waste and ephemerality then reading a little bit more on the design process and spending some time with the cards actually the project constitutes a solid archive and fun design piece. Smudge Studio explains the project as such:

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was our nation’s best attempt to store and contain high-level waste. In 2010 the site was deemed unsuitable and the project’s funding was eliminated. No permanent storage options are expected to be available for the next 100 – 300 years. In 2004, the EPA determined that high-level radioactive waste will remain dangerous to humans for 1 million years. [The agency] stipulated that any repository for high-level waste will have to meet the unprecedentedly long-term safety goal of 1,000 millennia. As of 2011, about 66,000 metric tons of spent fuel were being held at power reactor sites in 33 states. Each year, this amount increases by another 2,000 metric tons.

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