Here Forever: Radioactive Waste

MarkYoung

La Crescenta, United States

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By law, the U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for developing a disposal facility for the long-term management of used uranium fuel from America’s nuclear power plants. The federal government, however, does not have a viable program for the management of used nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear energy facilities and high-level radioactive waste from the government’s defense and research activities.
Fukushima, Also, Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 17, 2013: Typhoon flushes out radioactive strontium at Fukushima nuclear plant […] leaving water with high strontium levels in a drainage ditch that connects to the ocean. [TEPCO] said Oct. 17 that radioactive strontium and other beta rays measuring 1,400 becquerels per liter were detected at the drainage ditch about 150 meters from the ocean. The legal standard for strontium emissions is 30 becquerels per liter. […] The previous day, the radioactivity level was 19 becquerels per liter, according to TEPCO. […] the highly contaminated water may have flowed into the ocean.

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