Take our nuclear waste, please!

57f7PacificStandard.color 1 Take our nuclear waste, please!

57f7PacificStandard.color 1 Take our nuclear waste, please!

Two years ago today, a tsunami devastated the coast of Honshu in Japan. Twenty-four hours later an aftershock from the earthquake that caused the tsunami triggered sparks that ignited hydrogen trapped in Reactor 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. The reactor exploded. Over the next three days, two other reactors exploded. Those exploding reactors remain one of the indelible images of the disaster.But as it turns out, they’re not the real problem. What keeps safety officials up at night are Fukushima’s spent fuel rods.Fuel rods are 14-foot-long metal tubes about the diameter of a pencil that hold stacked pellets of enriched uranium. When bundled into groups of 100 to 500, the rods throw off enough heat to run electricity-producing turbines for one to two years. After that, the heat from the rods begins to dissipate and they’re replaced. Though too cool to generate power, those used bundles of energy are still radioactive—they remain radioactive for about 250,000 years—and they have to be put somewhere.Continue Reading…

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