Did you know ‘nuclear waste disposal’ is an oxymoron? You don’t “dispose” of nuclear waste. You can only hope to isolate it and keep it stable.
Nuclear waste and its components have a half-life of 24,000 years. That means that in 24000 years, the nuclear waste being created today will still have half of its radioactivity. That is a scary thought.
Do you realize that worldwide there are over 270,000 tons of nuclear waste, mostly being stored at unsecured nuclear power facilities? In the US alone there are 104 nuclear power plants, and there are 340 more throughout the world.
I shudder to think what an evil terrorist, or even a disgruntled employee, could do with that amount of deadly material.
Nuclear waste storage has failed in this country, just as it has in much of the world. No one wants this stuff in their back yard, and who can blame them? Sites in Nevada and Tennessee have attempted to store and reuse nuclear waste without success. That means that highly radioactive material could be right around the corner from you and your family.
And the 270,000 tons of waste estimates do not include the 20,000 nuclear weapons in the world. This nuclear material that is weaponized is increasingly falling into the hands of unstable and unfriendly governments. You and I both know that its just a matter of time before a loose cannon government or terrorist entity gets a hold of nuclear material and unleashes it on our free society.
So what do you think? Is this something we need to be worried about?