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Right now though nuclear power is the best producer of electricity and the cheapest.
"The objective is to minimize the possibility of future human intrusion at the site; therefore, a disposal strategy needs to be developed that takes cognizance of the soundest knowledge currently available in the field of general semiotics...[which] is relevant to the problems of human interference and message exchanges involving long periods of time, over which spoken and written languages are sure to decay to the point of incomprehensibility, making it necessary to utilize a perspective that goes well beyond linguistics..."
It's ominous, but I'll wait until I get some named experts to contribute to the story until I go running for the hills.
How many comets, asteroids, volcanoes, earthquakes, wars, etc..... failed to kill us.
(knock on wood).
reply to post by purplemer
No it can't. It's Infinitesimal as far as the size and depth of the Pacific. And I was talking cost of operation.
reply to post by Aazadan
Facts please, it was not because of what happened in WW2. This was 3 years prior to the outbreak of WW2 and was the atrocities commited during the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, especially at what happened during the march to and capture of Nanking.
Even though it is so long ago the Japanese still refuse to acknowledge what happened (perhaps because it was led by and these atrocities were directly ordered by one of their emporial family ) do not apologise, and the "Prime Minister" very recently visited a shrine to the guys who commited these heneous crimes.
China have every right to dislike the Japanese, and yes ....... even today.
Do some research and tell me if you would forgive the Japanese if it were you in their place.
reply to post by SixX18
TMI was a partial meltdown, fortunately it was contained.
While we do dump nuclear waste in the ocean, it never should have happened but most of that waste is medical and not nearly as toxic as nuclear fuel. There are nuclear subs that have gone down, the amount of fuel from those guys is very small compared to what was at Fukushima, also they take out the spent fuel from nuclear subs when they are refueled.
reply to post by AutumnWitch657
Plutonium and its fission components have been leaking in the ocean for years now. Plutonium is considered to be the most toxic substance on Earth, this is a major problem. To say the vast ocean will dilute it to safe levels is being a little naive. Just a small amount of plutonium dust could destroy most life in Earth. This is nothing to downplay.
I'm sure in the next 5 years when cancer rates soar on the west coast of the US and Canada they will blame it on something else.
edit on 4-1-2014 by jrod because: (no reason given)
A commonly cited quote by Ralph Nader, states that a pound of plutonium dust spread into the atmosphere would be enough to kill 8 billion people. However, calculations show that one pound of plutonium could kill no more than 2 million people by inhalation. This makes the toxicity of plutonium roughly equivalent with that of nerve gas. Nader's views were challenged in 1976 by the American physicist Michio Kaku, which interaction he describes in his book, Nuclear Power, Both Sides: The Best Arguments for and Against the Most Controversial Technology. Kaku's own estimate is that a generally fatal dose is more like 200 milligrams. Several populations of people who have been exposed to plutonium dust (e.g. people living down-wind of Nevada test sites, Nagasaki survivors, nuclear facility workers, and "terminally ill" patients injected with Pu in 1945–46 to study Pu metabolism) have been carefully followed and analyzed. These studies generally do not show especially high plutonium toxicity or plutonium-induced cancer results, such as Albert Stevens who survived into old age after being injected with plutonium. "There were about 25 workers from Los Alamos National Laboratory who inhaled a considerable amount of plutonium dust during 1940s; according to the hot-particle theory, each of them has a 99.5% chance of being dead from lung cancer by now, but there has not been a single lung cancer among them."