Midnight In The Desert — nuclear waste

Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean - And It's Going to Get Worse

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Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean - And It's Going to Get Worse

What was the most dangerous nuclear disaster in world history? Most people would say the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, but they’d be wrong. In 2011, an earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, created a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Three nuclear reactors melted down and what happened next was the largest release of radiation into the water in the history of the world. Over the next three months, radioactive chemicals, some in even greater quantities than Chernobyl, leaked into the Pacific Ocean. However, the...

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Robots and Giant Sliding Dome Are Finally Sealing Chernobyl

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Robots and Giant Sliding Dome Are Finally Sealing Chernobyl

In the aftermath of the world's worst nuclear disaster in Chernobyl in 1986, which resulted in radiation that ultimately reached as far as Japan and the US, the Soviet Union slapped together a massive sarcophagus of metal and concrete as hastily as possible to contain further fallout at the site of reactor 4. With no welded or bolted joints and a leaky roof that led to corrosion "hastening its demise," it was never seen as a permanent solution, reports Live Science. Construction began on its enormous replacement, the New Safe Confinement, in 2012. Now French consortium Novarka is using 224...

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School evacuated after rock in display in classroom was actually radioactive URANIUM

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School evacuated after rock in display in classroom was actually radioactive URANIUM

Pupils at a school in Austria were evacuated because a rock they had on display was giving off radiation. The rock turned out to be a lump of uranium, the metallic element that is used to produce atomic bombs. Alarmingly, the uranium was giving off thousands of millisiverts of radiation into the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart School in Salzburg - a lot higher than what is given off naturally. Fortunately the rock was identified when anti-nuclear campaigner Thomas Neff came into the science lab to give a talk. During an experiment with a watch containing radium, Neff began to...

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Two Nuclear Leaks in the United States, One is Likely Worse Than Fukushima

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Two Nuclear Leaks in the United States, One is Likely Worse Than Fukushima

When a radiation leak happens in Japan the whole world hears about it, but when not one but two radiation leaks happen in the United States no one does. There are radiation leak reports in Miami and New York, why is no one talking about it? The University of Miami has found that the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, located just South of Miami, has caused levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope produced by nuclear reactors, in Biscayne Bay to spike to 200-times higher than normal levels. This would confirm suspicions that Turkey Point’s aging canals are leaking into the...

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Stop Wasting Time--Create a Long-Term Solution for Nuclear Waste

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Stop Wasting Time--Create a Long-Term Solution for Nuclear Waste

April marks the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear power disaster, the explosion and fire at a reactor at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. It forced more than 300,000 people to flee and created a zone tens of kilometers wide where radiation levels remain hazardous to this day. A severe reactor accident is unlikely in the U.S. and other countries with safer facilities. But we face another danger that is in many ways more threatening than a meltdown: the steady accumulation of radioactive waste. The U.S. has dithered over this clear and present danger...

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