The radioactive inventory of all the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools at Fukushima is far greater and even more problematic than the molten cores.
More than 12.7 metric tons of plutonium that were previously declared “already disposed” will be discarded in a deep geological site away from humans.
Storing spent radioactive fuel in dry form rather than in increasingly jammed cooling pools is much safer, and can be done with already available funds.
Last month’s earthquake constituted twice the ground motion that the reactors were designed to withstand. But the nuclear industry continues to delay and stonewall recommendations for safer storage.
President Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future cites an IPS paper as a reason for endorsing measures to increase spent reactor fuel storage in hardened, dry containers.
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale just occurred less than a hour ago. Its epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia, approximately 10 miles from two nuclear power reactors at the North Anna site. According to statement by a representative of Dominion Power the two reactors were designed to withstand a 5.9 to 6.1 quake.
Will bipartisan collaboration in nuclear storage be possible? The damage of Fukushima should prompt the Senate to act.
The corporations that own the nation’s nuclear reactors are stuffing about four times more spent fuel into storage pools than the pools were designed to accommodate. Here’s what we can do to fix this dangerous problem.
Japan admits 3 nuclear meltdowns as more radiation leaked into sea. Meanwhile, U.S. nuclear waste poses deadly risks.
Politics drove this mistaken plan from its inception.