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
In January 1997, the crew of a fishing vessel in the Baltic Sea found something unusual in their nets: a greasy yellowish-brown lump of clay-like material. They pulled it out, placed it on deck and returned to processing their catch. The next day, the crew fell ill with serious skin burns. Four were hospitalised. The greasy lump was a substance called yperite, better known as sulfur mustard or mustard gas, solidified by the temperature on the sea bed. At the end of the World War II, the US, British, French and Soviet authorities faced a big problem – how to get rid of some 300,000 tonnes of chemical munitions recovered from occupied Germany. Often, they opted for what seemed the safest, cheapest and easiest method: dumping the stuff out at sea. Estimates are that at least 40,000 tonnes of chemical munitions were disposed of in the Baltic Sea, not all of it in designated dumping areas. Some of these locations are marked on shipping charts but comprehensive records of … [Read more...] about How do you leave a warning that lasts as long as nuclear waste?
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
World Fukushima Japan nuclear disaster A worker for the plant involved the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster said in a Japanese court Wednesday that his former boss was warned that a massive tsunami could strike the site, but delayed measures to build a protective wall to prevent it. An unnamed employee of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) that owns the ruined Fukushima Daiichi or No.1, Nuclear Power Plant testified during a trial this week that a 2008 safety test showed an earthquake could cause a tsunami as high as 52 feet capable of pounding the coastal facility, according to The Asahi Shimbun. The company was initially set to build a seawall, but the employee told the court that former TEPCO Vice President Sakae Muto suddenly dismissed the idea. Related: Fukushima's Nuclear Waste Will Be Dumped Into the Ocean, Japanese Plant Owner Says The potentially catastrophic scenario was brought up again during a meeting on March 7, 2011, compelling … [Read more...] about Fukushima Nuclear Plant: Tsunami Wall Could Have Avoided Disaster But Boss Scrapped the Plan, Employee Testifies