Sunday, February 17, 2008
nuclear energy's dirty little secret...
read full story...www.nytimes.com
WASHINGTON — Forgotten but not gone, the waste from more than 100 nuclear reactors that the federal government was supposed to start accepting for burial 10 years ago is still at the reactor sites, at least 20 years behind schedule.
So many problems have beset the plans for disposal of nuclear waste. Government scientists may have falsified documents related to the $58 billion Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project in Nevada. The development could jeopardize the controversial project, which is still being built and is the only repository for the nation's waste from commercial nuclear reactors. In the United States alone, the Department of Energy states that there are "millions of gallons of radioactive waste" as well as "thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel and material" and also "huge quantities of contaminated soil and water".
We have built a hydrocarbon based energy fiasco that is creating strife in so many ways from global wars to global warming. Nuclear power is as ill-thought-out or worse than the existing situation. Don't be fooled.