Gail this is but one case.
The problem with nuclear waste is heat that damages rock and ionization radiation.
Both are precisely what is needed to mobilize and upgrade in situ viscous, long chain, bitumen, which is also one of the best sealants for radionuclides.
Over 90 percent of global warming is heat accumulation in the oceans. They are simultaneously the greatest hot and cold reservoir on the planet. This sets up the potential to produce all the energy we need even as we solve the problem.
No doubt there are others also being given short shrift.