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Under Assault: 100 Tons of Radioactive Material at Fukushima — 250,000 Tons Across the Globe

March 17, 2011


High-level nuclear waste is the inevitable end result of nuclear energy production. The waste will remain radioactive and/or radiotoxic for at least 100,000 years. It is estimated that the total amount of high-level nuclear waste in the world today is between 250 000 and 300 000 tons. The amount of waste increases daily.

Into Eternity documentary


What is so pathetic about that disclosure is that it is par for the course. Nuclear waste is a bigger problem than running these toxic energy plants. Here are some facts and figures that will undermine any enthusiasm for these death producers you may have. And if you think coal or natural gas are “clean” alternatives — think again. We all have been hoodwinked by giant corporations with their propaganda that enables them to pollute the environment and put millions, if not billions of people at risk across the globe while they are getting richer by the day and more powerful. They are literally now, the power brokers of the world.

In the United States alone, the Department of Energy states 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.”

Wired UK reports: September 2010

Around the world, nuclear power plants are churning out high-level radioactive waste at a rate of knots. It’s estimated that about 250,000 tonnes of the material is currently in interim storage, submerged in huge tanks of water in facilities that keep it safe — temporarily.

But there’s very little agreement on what to do with the stuff long-term, as it will remain a danger for around 100,000 years — almost as long as humans have existed, and far longer than we’ve been using tools. There have been a few proposals, including the possibility of loading it into a rocket and shooting it into the Sun, or sinking it to the bottom of the sea. But the most likely seems to be storage in deep geological repositories.

There are 10 or so of these repositories bored into the bedrock around the world, in the USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, France, Canada, Belgium and Finland.

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Just a note on where we are TODAY IN JAPAN so you know how dangerous this crap really is:

The Australian Reports:

If that process fails [cooling efforts], the plant could have a full-scale meltdown in which the molten core of a reactor melts through its containment vessel into the ground, risking an explosion. That could spread radioactive particles into the atmosphere and potentially expose millions of people to the risk of radiation-induced cancer.

Kenneth Bergeron, a US nuclear expert and former employee of the science research body Sandia National Laboratory, said a full-scale Fukushima meltdown “could be more dangerous (than Chernobyl) depending on wind and weather”.

Shifting to Clean Energy Sources — Not So Fast

So, millions of Americans are getting the message: nuclear is extremely dangerous and undesirable. IF we happen to shift to cleaner energy sources, like coal (cough-cough) are we better off? A 2007 report from Scientific American reveals burning of coal ash is MORE RADIOACTIVE THAN NUCLEAR RADIATION. So much for those ads on “clean coal”; all BS. Obama’s touting of clean coal – misguided.

At issue is coal’s content of uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements. They occur in such trace amounts in natural, or “whole,” coal that they aren’t a problem. But when coal is burned into fly ash, uranium and thorium are concentrated at up to 10 times their original levels.

Fly ash uranium sometimes leaches into the soil and water surrounding a coal plant, affecting cropland and, in turn, food. People living within a “stack shadow”—the area within a half- to one-mile (0.8- to 1.6-kilometer) radius of a coal plant’s smokestacks—might then ingest small amounts of radiation. Fly ash is also disposed of in landfills and abandoned mines and quarries, posing a potential risk to people living around those areas.

So, how about natural gas, that’s a good alternative and we have plenty of that here in the U.S., right? WRONG. The problem is extraction and recent reports on HYDRAULIC FRACTURING “FRACKING”, the process used to extract natural gas — poisons water — rivers and waterways and aquifers — to such a degree that it is undrinkable. 1000 incidents of polluted waterways by fracking have been reported in the United States.

The documentary, GASLAND, was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary last year. Here is the trailer:

Nuclear Toxic Waste Storage

The documentary Into Eternity is a much more grim look at Nuclear Waste storage; This is just the trailer, but it will get your attention. Folks, we have some serious problems and must insist on changes to Solar Energy — today. That is only part of the equation for we ALL will be living with nuclear radioactive waste for the rest of our lives, and for multiple of multiple generations to come.

Jaw-dropping! Tackles a subject almost beyond comprehension. One of the most extraordinary factual films to be shown this year. Madsen’s film does not merely ask tough questions about the implications of nuclear energy…but about how we, as a race, conceive our own future. This is nothing less than post-human architecture we are talking about. Why isn’t every government, every philosopher, every theologian, everywhere in the world discussing Onkalo and its implications? I don’t know, but they should see this film.”

– Peter Bradshaw, Guardian (UK)

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