In this photo from the 1970s, barges from KPS Construction help in the construction of the Kewaunee nuclear reactor on Lake Michigan. Federal plans invision the use of barges like these to move hundreds of tons of highly radioactive waste fuel rods from the now closed Kewaunee reactor to the port of Milwaukee. Photo by Power Engineering online. Ten citizens’ organizations* and two industry groups have blasted plans and an application by “Holtec International” for a license to build the world’s largest radioactive waste dump - in southeast New Mexico. The high-level waste fuel rods - misleadingly called “spent” fuel - would come from 60 different sites across the U.S. where it was produced inside 105 nuclear reactors. If licensed, the “parking lot dump” would lead to tens of thousands of cross-country shipments of the waste -- by rail, truck, and boat/barge - for decades. In Wisconsin, federal plans actually involve placing waste … [Read more...] about Proposal for Nuclear Waste Dump and Cross-country Radioactive Shipments Called “Illegal”
Nuclear waste dumped in ocean
Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 9:15 AM EDT Oct 19, 2018 More than 60,000 tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel is stored on the shores of four of the five Great Lakes — in some cases, mere yards from the waterline — in still-growing stockpiles. “It’s actually the most dangerous waste produced by any industry in the history of the Earth,” said Gordon Edwards, president of the nonprofit Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. The spent nuclear fuel is partly from 15 current or former U.S. nuclear power plants, including four in Michigan, that have generated it over the past 50 years or more. But most of the volume stored along the Great Lakes, more than 50,000 tons, comes from Canadian nuclear facilities, where nuclear power is far more prevalent. It remains on the shorelines because there's still nowhere else to put it. The U.S. government broke a promise to provide the nuclear power … [Read more...] about Radioactive nuclear waste sits on Great Lakes shores
World Fukushima Nuclear Energy JapanUpdated | Toxic waste produced by one of the world's worst nuclear disasters will be dumped into the sea, according to the head of the Japanese company tasked with cleaning up the radioactive mess, despite protests from local fishermen.Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), told foreign media that nearly 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, a byproduct of the nuclear process that is notoriously difficult to filter out of water, will be dumped into the Pacific Ocean as part of a multibillion-dollar recovery effort following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. That year, an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, killing more than 15,000 people and leading to a series of meltdowns at the TEPCO-owned Fukushima No. 1, or Daiichi, nuclear power plant, causing it to spew radiation that has plagued the region ever since.While much progress has been made to clean the area, the company has … [Read more...] about Fukushima plant owner says it will dump 777,000 tons of nuclear waste into sea
Nuke Waste: An Unsolvable Problem? New York City Thank you for Matt Bivens’s excellent “The Yucca Lemon” [“The Failsafe Point,” March 5] about the possibility of the Yucca Mountains being used as a waste site for nuclear spent fuel rods. I reside near Indian Point in New York and am one of the leaders of the effort to close down the plant–a plant within fifty miles of 2l million people. Transporting spent fuel rods from the current noncontained area to Yucca on trains makes absolutely no sense. I’m scared of the potential for a terrorist attack and a possible Indian Point meltdown now. Transporting spent fuel rods in noncontained trains makes absolutely no sense. Yucca should be preserved as open space–and should not be used as a dumping ground. Close down Indian Point, place the spent fuel rods in contained dry cask containers. PAUL FEINER GREENBURGHNY Town Supervisor Knoxville, Tenn. Enjoyed Matt Bivens’s piece on the … [Read more...] about Nuke Waste: An Unsolvable Problem?
Japan readying to release highly radioactive water from Fukushima plant published: 08 Oct 2018 views: 1933 日 정부, 원전 오염수 해양 방출 허용 시사...우려•반발 Authorities in Japan are set to release water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea,... despite reports the water is still highly radioactive after many attempts to decontaminate it. Lee Seung-jae reports. Despite reports treated water at the Fukushima nuclear plant needed to be decontaminated even more before it can be released into the sea,... the Japan government has decided to release it anyway. The Japan-based newspaper Mainichi Shimbun reports that Japan\'s Nuclear Regulation Authority chief told reporters recently that the authority plans to release the water once the radiation levels are lower. However, he added the authority doesn\'t think more distillation or dilution will … [Read more...] about Radioactive_ but… ‘safe’? Japan to dump Fukushima wastewater in Pacific despite objections