Title: Can the Humans Find a Way to Store Nuclear Waste?
Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Date: December 30, 2012
Description: Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen and CCTV’s Margaret Harrington discuss long term storage of nuclear waste in the US and throughout the world [...]
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Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: There’s a study out this week that talks about the integrity of the concrete onsite.
To put out the accident they didn’t have fresh water because the tsunami had destroyed all the fresh water, so they had to pump salt water into the nuclear reactor.
And now concrete and salt water don’t get along very well.
Look at the Burlington [VT] parking garage. When you have the salt from cars, pretty quickly [crapping?] out the concrete in the garages. Same thing in a fuel pool, where you’ve got salty water in contact with concrete.
So the big concern is that in the event of an earthquake the concrete will crack, the pool will drain. At which point the fuel will burn in air and it could mean cutting Japan in half for centuries.
Published: December 31st, 2012 at 11:28 am ET