France digs deep for nuclear waste

Nature: "It'll be about 8 minutes before we reach the 490-metre lab level," shouts an official, barely audible above the roar of machinery, as we slam shut the heavy doors of the small lift and trundle slowly towards the depths of the Earth. Here, half a kilometre beneath rolling wheat fields outside the small town of Bure in northeast France, the country is preparing to dispose of its radioactive waste. In a EUR1-billion (US$1.3 billion) underground laboratory, the French National ......

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