NYT on Spent Fuel Pools: Nuke promoters admit “it’s just gone on for so long, and there’s so much of it” in UK

Published: November 28th, 2011 at 12:01 am ET
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A New Urgency to the Problem of Storing Nuclear Waste, New York Times, Nov. 27, 2011:

[...] Right now, worldwide, most spent fuel waste is stored on the site of the facility that produced it, in spent-fuel pools [...]

Some countries are starting to address the waste disposal issue simply because they cannot put it off much longer. This is true of Britain, where “it’s just gone on for so long, and there’s so much of it,” said Ian Hore-Lacy, the head of communications for the World Nuclear Association [...]

[Murray Jennex, a nuclear expert at San Diego State University] said that in the United States, and to some extent around the world, “our reactors are getting pretty full, in terms of what they can store on site.” [...]

“Much radioactive waste remains on the sites of nuclear power plants, which have not been designed for the purpose [...] The risks of storing nuclear waste on power plant sites have become clearer from the sequence of events in Fukushima”  -R. Andreas Kraemer, the director of the nonprofit Ecologic Institute in Berlin

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16 comments to NYT on Spent Fuel Pools: Nuke promoters admit “it’s just gone on for so long, and there’s so much of it” in UK

  • lam335 lam335

    “A prime example is Germany, which decided to shut down all its nuclear power plants by 2022 after the partial reactor meltdowns at Fukushima. ”

    PARTIAL??? How can they STILL call Fukushima a “partial” meltdown?

    Wouldn’t a triple MELT-THROUGH be more accurate at this point?


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    • bmurr bmurr

      but only three of the four reactor melted down duh … patial . you gotta learn to speak like them , then you will understand them .


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    • dosdos dosdos

      They’re still calling it “the worst since Chernobyl”. Journalists are in a rut these days. Rewrite what you wrote before, play it safe, the research has already been done, what could have changed?


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  • Sickputer

    The hands of MSM media journalists are tied securely… The only negative reports allowed are the disinformation slices designed to spin the story into a fairy tale. The editors are ordered to stop any stories that present the truth about the nuclear mafia.


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I recently watched a documentary concerning Ford Motor company and pollution in NJ and it is very difficult to sue a corporation with such power hence the problem with nuke companies. They are all so entangled with the government…..no words except what a mess.


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  • lokay5

    “…partial meltdown…”

    “…worst since Chernobyl…”

    GRRrrrrrr ! !


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  • dpl dpl

    partial meltdown? yes, only 3 out of 6 melted


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  • Grampybone Grampybone

    Nothing to see here folks only 6 reactors and 6 fuel pools at risk here move along….move along…..no really nothing to see here but more fission events…

    Err of course they have a spent fuel problem considering no one is willing to let their land become deep nuclear cold storage. It takes diesel to run a giant storage facility too just like back up generators. Not to mention even when you put it in the ground a tremor could set off a massive under ground detonation. SURE JUST STORE IT IN THE GOD DAMN POWER PLANT!

    Problem is there is no where to put it. There is no way to store it. Clean up is a myth as are safe levels of radiation. This is not religion its science and it kills just as well as daddy Oppenheimer intended. You thought fracking was bad wait till I tell your kids about what powers our Sun because its the same crap that is in those spent fuel pools. The real Icarus arrogance is shown by the nuke people in Britain. Germany better get their damn ship in line and put researchers on the ground in Japan. Get medical data and testing information. If they want to say they are the state of “anti-nuclear” they better pony up quick and get researching because their testing window is vanishing as those cores melt into the ground. When they hit the water there may never be the chance to collect data. These pissant peasant brained government officials in Germany better fix their facts about Fukushima. It’s not a 3 core melt it’s a possible 6 core melt through and that is all that is known. No point in hiding the fact that the whole place is in peril.


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  • many moons

    Nuclear doesn’t make sense! I loved listening to Ann Harris, TVA whistleblower, explain how nuclear energy gets the second most govermental stipends in the USA and the we that sheeple also have to pay to use it and when it contaiminates us we have then paid to die from us…..
    She also explained that nuclear energy, being as inefficient as it is, isn;t about energy, it’s about power and money….and nothing more. We need to band together very tightly and put an end to this crazy shit now!!!!


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Heros…
    11/27 Fukushima victims at the rally at Gorleben, Germany
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3PYzt2x5lI&feature=youtu.be


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  • arclight arclight

    British Ministry of Defence’s secrecy on nuclear weapons spending

    “Details of the MoD’s investments have been unveiled for the first time. They include a £734m facility called Mensa for dismantling and assembling of warheads, a risky but essential maintenance process; a £634m highly enriched uranium plant called Pegasus; and a £231m high explosives factory called Circinus.

    The plants are being built at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire. Other facilities with similarly stellar names but smaller bills – Orion, Gemini, and Leo – are also being built as part of the AWE development plan covering 2005 to 2015. The costs of two more – Octans and Orchard – are being kept secret for commercial reasons.

    The figures have been released by the defence minister Peter Luff inanswer to a parliamentary question by the Green MP Caroline Lucas. Although a few were known from freedom of information requests or other sources, the bulk had previously been kept confidential.

    “The fact that the MoD signed off on these costs before a decision has even been made on replacing the Trident warhead makes a complete mockery of the democratic process,” said Lucas.”

    http://nuclear-news.net/2011/11/28/british-ministry-of-defences-secrecy-on-nuclear-weapons-spending/


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  • midwestern
    November 28, 2011 at 12:16 am · Reply
    A New Urgency to the Problem of Storing Nuclear Waste:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/business/energy-environment/a-new-urgency-to-the-problem-of-storing-nuclear-waste.html

    …Some countries are starting to address the waste disposal issue simply because they cannot put it off much longer. This is true of Britain, where “it’s just gone on for so long, and there’s so much of it,” said Ian Hore-Lacy, the head of communications for the World Nuclear Association, which is based in London.

    Dr. Jennex of San Diego State said that in the United States, and to some extent around the world, “our reactors are getting pretty full, in terms of what they can store on site.”


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  • A solar megastorm can result in worldwide meltdowns at nuclear plants.

    See http://www.aesopinstitute.org for an overview of the problem.

    Steps to prevent massive loss of life in such an event are possible.

    Wise action can help to reboot the global economy.


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  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    Expect the current profiteers in the nuke industry to jump ship and to utterly fail to do their owed duty in storing ANY SFP nuclear assemblies. They will “jump ship”. I guarantee it with every implied meaning possible in that idiom. We must take over the administration of all pan-nationally dangerous industrial processes, we being the informed public, of these duties and cannot allow the industry or the military/covert orgs associated with nuclear anything on the planet to remain in any way COVERT, or in power. All information must be made available in digestible form to the entire masses of the planet via the internet and in printed format.


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