Sunday, February 7, 2016

"Not in Accordance with Our Standards"

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Check out this New York Times article about tritium contamination in groundwater near a nuclear power plant (Indian Point) just outside of New York City. According to Governor Cuomo, radiation in groundwater increased 65,000 percent. The company managing the facility stated that the levels are "not in accordance with our standards." 

Indeed.

I have never been a fan of nuclear energy because the waste associated with it is so problematic and deadly. It lasts for thousands of years and can cause widespread contamination due to bad handling or terrorism. We can hardly manage waste that is created day to day in our communities. How can we effectively plan sound waste management of highly dangerous and radioactive materials for thousands of years? Nuclear power plants are storing massive amounts of radioactive waste on site because there is no national repository for the stuff.

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