No. During a three-year dialogue with experts and the public on long-term management methods, disposal in space was one of the options of limited interest that we screened out.
Space disposal was dismissed as an option because it is an unproven concept that is not being implemented anywhere in the world, nor is it part of any national research and development plan. Concerns about the risk of an accident and the potential risk to human health and the environment have been reinforced by the U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia accidents.
In addition to looking at several other approaches, we also discussed the three methods of long-term storage identified in the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA):
Deep geological disposal in the Canadian Shield;
Centralized storage above or below ground; and
Storage at reactor sites.
Each had strengths and limitations, which led Canadians involved in the dialogue to identify another approach called Adaptive Phased Management (APM). APM incorporates the objectives people said were important, including safety, fairness, community well-being, and the need to be adaptive and environmentally responsible.
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