January 19, 2011
This movie is the only full-length documentary about nuclear waste
underground repository storage solution.
The concept of long-term
underground storage has been explored already from the 50's. The
inner part of the Russian doll-like storage canisters is to be
composed of copper. Hence in the
case of Onkalo it is tightly linked
to experimentations on copper corrosion in running groundwater flow.
Application for the implementation of spent nuclear fuel repository
was submitted by
Posiva Oy in 2001.
The excavation itself started in
2004. With a total of 4 operable reactors providing 25% of the
country energy supply, Finland ranks 16th in the world nuclear power
reactors country list topped by,
USA (104 reactors)
Japan (54 reactors)
Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level
radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in
interim storages, which are vulnerable to natural disasters,
man-made disasters, and to societal changes.
In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out
of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must
last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.
Once the waste has been deposited and the repository is full, the
facility is to be sealed off and never opened again.
Or so we hope,
But can we ensure that?
And how is it possible to warn our descendants of the deadly waste
we left behind?
How do we prevent them from thinking they have found
the pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures?
Which languages and signs will they understand?
And if they
understand, will they respect our instructions?
While gigantic monster machines dig deeper and deeper into the dark,
experts above ground strive to find solutions to this crucially
important radioactive waste issue to secure mankind and all species
on planet Earth now and in the near and very distant future.
Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening,
documentary takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the
underworld and into the future.