Title: Nuclear waste leak in Wash. “scandalous,” expert says
Source: CBS News
Date: Feb. 26, 2013
CBS News contributor Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City University of New York: It is scandalous [...] we’re leaking nuclear waste dating all the way back to the Nagaski bomb [...]
A toxic witches brew of chemicals, the most dangerous known to science like plutonium, enriched uranium, nitric acid and solvents. [...] We have 56 million gallons worth of this toxic stuff. To get this into perspective, to get your head around this, imagine 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools containing the most toxic substance known to science of which two Olympic-size swimming pools have leaked right into the ground and eventually into the water table and, perhaps, even into people’s drinking water.
We have to immediate realize that this is a major emergency problem. The government promised 10 years ago that it’s under control. Now we realize it’s not. They have to take the waste, put it into new vats that are double, triple lined. They have to drill to assess how far the waste is. And it’s a ticking time bomb. In 15, 50 years — we don’t know when — it’s going to hit the ground table. When it hits the ground table, it will go right into the Columbia River, and remember, that’s one of the major rivers in the entire Pacific Northwest.
Published: February 26th, 2013 at 1:18 pm ET