published: Sunday, February 17, 2013
No simple solution to nuclear mess
We are at the beginning of the process of shutting down older nuclear power plants; a job easier said than done. Because you cannot just shut down and lock up all the windows and doors, lock everything up tight and walk away with some feeling of security.
Where will all the waste go? Where will all the cracked cement go? The plants are falling apart from the radiation eating it up from the inside. Where will all the radioactive metal go?
We do have a few choices. One is to hire guards to watch over a decaying plant and keep people out - especially adventurous kids. But, how will you manage to keep all the mice and other critters out? In no time at all you will have radioactive mice running around contaminating our house pets and plants.
Another thing that can be done is to bury the entire thing in concrete like in Chernobyl. That concrete shell is now cracking and pollution is leaking out into the ground. There appears to be no simple solution to the mess that the nuclear industry has created. The Japanese are now struggling with this dilemma with their disabled nuclear power plants in Fukushima.
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