Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory – 11,9 tons of steel cylinders full of spent U.S. atomic reactor fuel – kills in minutes. No permanent repository. map
Yucca Mountain, NV – the choice for U.S. high-level atomic waste – has been studied for over 20 years by the Department of Energy [web] – map – at a cost of US $ 4,000,000,000. Going to business in 2010, maybe. Could hold 77,000 tons of waste. Will be safe for 10,000 years according to DOE.gov. But the high-level waste is dangerous for a million years. Problem 1
Rocky Flats, CO – map – former U.S. weapons plant / closed 1989. Plutonium was slated elsewhere. Being transported with trucks over Interstate 25 to the waste isolation pilot plant near Carlsbad map – can be filled with 850,000 drums – full of transuranic waste by 2035. Pilot project – Problem 2
Officials from eight U.S. atomic power plants have signed a lease with Goshute Indians to store spent fuel in Skull Valley, Utah – map – it is planned to store there 44,000 tons of spent fuel. Is this a good deal regarding Problem 1 & 2? Problem 3
Paducah, KY – map – a gaesous diffusion plant for atomic-fuel processing. Groundwater is tainted because of 38,000 cylinders being stored there. Problem 4
Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM – map – haphazard disposal. Problem 5
Nevada Test site – map – craters by atomic bomb explosions – waste disposals for radioactive waste. More than 800 craters. Are these good disposals? Problem 6
Do you know the first underground disposal for radioactive waste? It’s the Asse II in Germany – lately in the news with some serious scandal – click HERE for more – Asse II is called a ticking timebomb – with Plutonium measured 8 times above the limit. Oh, ehm, Problem 7 by the way. What does that mean for the U.S.?
Part 2 coming soon.