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NUCLEAR WASTE:No safe way of disposal

Letter by Mildred K. Kavanaugh, Olympia on March 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm | 3 Comments »
March 18, 2011 2:28 pm

More often than not, I disagree with the premise of Eugene Robinson’s columns. But his column about the dangers and problems of nuclear waste disposal (TNT, 3-18) is 100 percent correct.

Some nuclear waste takes 200,000 years to decay. Other waste takes only 25,000 years. Even decommissioned nuclear plants are still extremely radioactive and cannot be removed for many, many years. Yet we continually hear how safe they are and how few people have been killed in nuclear power plants.

What experts do not tell you is that too much radiation exposure kills people slowly making it difficult to estimate the number of nuclear power-related deaths.

Nuclear waste storage presents serious health concerns for future generations. We are expected to believe that we can store dangerous, long-lasting radioactive waste safely for thousands of years. This is preposterous.

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