posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:04 PM
reply to post by Alchemst7
Why wouldn't it go back to becoming the mountain that it came from? That is where we get nuclear material from. Theres got to be a way to put
it back into earth in its natural occuring condition.!!
Unlike molecules radioactive elements are in their most elemental form at the atomic level. There is no further process to make them dissolve except
time and decay. In some cases a long time (tens of thousands even 100's of thousands of years). For instance, Lead used to be Uranium but has decayed
over time to a stable element. Its still toxic, just not radioactive anymore.
All these radioactive elements have been dug up as ore, refined (concentrated and purified) and then "exposed" in reactors. That whole process is
what produces the "waste" that must be stored separate from the environment. And that is when the process works and the cycle is operating normally.
When a reactor gets out of mans control and experiences a runaway chain reaction that is the worse case scenario. All that contained nice metal fuel
has undergone fission and been released into the open environment where it will remain form many, many years.
Since a lot of these "radionuclides" and isotopes are just radioactive pieces of atoms they cannot be further broken down by any natural process or
cleaned up (because they are so small). That is the insidious nature of the beast.
We thought we could contain this against all odds and natural catastrophes and we were wrong. Once you open Pandora's box, its open. There is no
"putting it back".