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Radioactive Nuclear Waste: Forgotten, Perhaps, But Never Gone


Science & Tech  (tags: nuclear waste, nuclear waste storage, nuclear energy, radioactive waste, nuclear waste disposal )

RC
- 4169 days ago - nytimes.com
Examination of the leftovers of nuclear power production - where is it, what is or isn't being done about it and how much it's costing you.



   

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RC deWinter (418)
Monday February 18, 2008, 9:06 am
I cannot believe that Bush and his energy henchmen are pushing for new nuke plants. We haven't figured out what to do with the waste we've already created! IS there a safe and acceptable solution?
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Monday February 18, 2008, 9:50 am
Agreed, Cate.
What a lousy idea nuclear power is,
and was from the start, although I'm
sure it seemed like a wonderful plan
when it was first hatched.
A complete and total lack of foresight
has led to this toxic mess we now find
ourselves in.
As is true with so many other things like
this, it will probably take a catastrophe
costing thousands of lives before something
is REALLY done.
noted.
 

serge vrabec (278)
Monday February 18, 2008, 11:12 am
Didn't we just end this, once again, NO NUKES!! Thx Cate!! I guess the Gov't needs an encore!!! I just can't see Nuclear power taking off again.

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. ~Robert Orben
 

Dave Kane (308)
Monday February 18, 2008, 11:19 am
And depleted uranium -- of which we (the US alone) have about a half million tons -- has a half-life of 4.5 billion years. The planet will be toast due to our red giant sun when half of all the DU on the planet becomes stable . . .

Hey, it's cheaper than buying tungsten from the Chinese (or so they say)
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday February 18, 2008, 11:21 am
Nothing new has been learned by scientists, ecologists, government control lackeys etc etc about nuclear power and its waste dispsal over the last 30 YEARS. Nothing new, nothing solved. So why are they pushing so damn hard for it now? MONEY. GREED. POWER. The same ol' same ol'. Gods, I am so friggin TIRED of this government and/or/also corporations.
 

Joycey B (750)
Monday February 18, 2008, 11:34 am
Noted with fear of what may happen. Thanks Cate.
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Monday February 18, 2008, 11:49 am
A nuclear plant was built in Plymouth, Massachusetts and is now shut down. Not because it posed any danger to the residents or the environment, but rather it was ineffecient, and did not produce the amount of energy that was claimed so it was shut down years ago. The state still has to pay the property taxes on the plant. Nuclear is not the way to go.

Unfortunately there is much that Congress does not understand, and they get so bogged down with lobbyists on their heels every second of every day to push bills for big pharma and big corporations, that they don't have the time to look seriously at what this and other administrations has done. The nuclear waste sitting around waiting for an accident to occur is par for the past several administrations. I guess Bush had the $35 billion in mind to clean up the nuclear waste when he vetoed the Children's Healtcare Plan that would have cost the same amount of money in 10 yrs. Way to go Dubya!!

Thanks Cate
 

Shelly Rickel (11)
Monday February 18, 2008, 12:13 pm
It is sad! is it rediculous!I cnnot believe the things that go on in the world today,what is out there anymore,most of it is dangerous & is putting peoples lives in danger! it has to stop!
 

Darlene K (356)
Monday February 18, 2008, 12:58 pm
Cate, there is so much, they hide from us..., so much..., dear friend...
 

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Monday February 18, 2008, 1:36 pm
I agree that the answer to reducing carbon-dioxide emissions and reducing energy costs is to develop new technology. I agree that the need for a technological fix is urgent. The problem of energy prices and global climate change is real, and reaching crisis proportions. The American government should start a major research and development effort to create new power sources that are small-scale, decentralized, environmentally safe, and feasible in the political climate of the U.S. in the first decade of the 21st century.

Despite the promises of a previous generation, nuclear power never became "too cheap to meter." Rather, it became a discredited, mid-20th century mistake. Raising this issue is a distraction from the real work we need to undertake. We need to put our brain power to work on a way of reducing energy prices and emissions that can actually be implemented here in the United States -- and very, very soon.







 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2008, 3:44 pm
Noted! No Cate, I am afraid that there is no solution in sight. Remember who is leading the pace: The Bush Bunch. You know the ones that are long on destruction and short on brain power.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Monday February 18, 2008, 6:33 pm
I keep wondering why we aren't sending the waste into space, say, into the sun?
 

Gail L (30)
Monday February 18, 2008, 6:39 pm
Noted, You said it Cate.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2008, 8:36 pm
CATE NOTED! GOOD QUESTION,WHERE IS IT? AND WHAT DAMAGE IS IT DOING TO HUMANS AND OUR EARTH.i'VE GOT MY EYE ON KOREA AND IRAN....MUCH LESS THE PEOPLE WE IMPOWER TO WATCH OVER THESE DANGEROUS CHEMICALS,GASES AND SUCH.NUCLEAR REACTERS ARE NO MORE SAFE TODAY ,THAN BEFORE 9/11.PEACE TO US ALL...CATE ,YOUR RIGHT ON THE MONEY! KAT J.
 

Sandra M Z (114)
Monday February 18, 2008, 9:12 pm
They are using global warming as an excuse to revive the Nuke Industy. Just say NO! We need to think SAFE, CLEAN, and GREEN, not toxic waste that is eternal! Plus, nuclear waste in some forms is used to irradiate your FOOD, your spices, berries, more. IRRADIATED ingredients are in your packaged foods, and they don't have to tell you! Noted, thanks Cate.
 

Denice G (45)
Monday February 18, 2008, 10:55 pm
Noted and thanks for the info.
 

Liz Sands (408)
Tuesday February 19, 2008, 4:20 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 19, 2008, 8:27 am
I am sure the native people in both the US and Canada whose reservations are on nuclear waste dumps and have a high rate of cancer can tell you the risks that nuclear waste presents to anyone living near or on a waste dump .Don't expect your government to warn you !
 

kimberly l (26)
Tuesday February 19, 2008, 9:20 am
I agree with Linda

Mother Kimberley
 

Jennie B (14)
Tuesday February 19, 2008, 8:52 pm
This idiot can not leave office fast enough to suit me. He does something dangerous, hurtful, or damaging every single day he is in office. He is no lame duck only because he doesn't seem to realize he is one and neither do the numbskulls around him who carry out his wishes instead of laughing in his face. What about lame duck don't these people get? The man is like a bad, bad virus for which the only andedote is time since no one has the guts to get rid of him via impeachment. And the reason he wasn't impeached is? Yuck to chickens everywhere who insisted impeachment was off the table - this is the worst President anywhere ever and he is only going to leave us with a high deficit, and a long list of problems to resolve over the next 20 years because of his ineptness and our "fear" of getting rid of him. Noted.
 

Elizabeth W (20)
Wednesday February 20, 2008, 6:49 am
Noted...a sad reminder of things too close to home for me. Sadly it it not just this idiot in office. This has been going on for decades, and has been swept under the rug in many forms, as well as put right out under our noses as to downplay the situation. People are afraid of losing their livelihoods, and have their so-called scientific minds swayed by fear of economic security, and an odd personal intrigue often awash with arrogance.These are the same folks that will get hired to testify in those lengthy court battles. People do not know what their predecessor's were doing, where they put these toxic waste materials, or how properly they were contained. What makes anyone think we will be more organized, honest, and communicative to the next generation stuck with our and our predecessor's waste? I have come to the conclusion I can only do my best to not support this type of manufacture, and learn about and promote safe alternatives, whilst openly protesting.It does not make too popular at times, but oh well, I was not running for that contest :P
 

Merry L (74)
Saturday March 1, 2008, 1:29 pm
Thanks Cate.
 
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