Nuclear Fear Nevada Style

According to Wikipedia, 2/3 of Nevadans opposed the now canceled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. I guess that the fear of ionizing radiation (to be vitrified, buried in a mountain, and 100’s of miles away) and the damage people think it will cause is much worse than the actual damage caused by actual legal gambling and prostitution. Whoa, who woulda thought such a thing?

Maybe someday I will have time to research, publish, and connect all the dots that link anti-nuclear Senator Harry Reid (Nev) to the NRC, where he picked two successive NRC chairmen, Greg Jaczko and Allison Macfarlane. It could be a like a spy novel, except true.

As for the repository, it is not needed. There are other ways to deal with the “waste”. Kirk Sorensen at Flibe Energy has some significant and important ideas for the “waste”.

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BTW, did I mention that Yucca Mountain is on the Nevada Nuclear Test site where 928 atomic bombs were tested, including 100 above ground?

Here are some pics from Wikipedia and Google Earth:

Nevada Test Range

Yucca mountain

Sedan crater Note: The pockmarks are subsidence craters from underground tests of nuclear weapons.

Just to be clear this is what I am saying. Fear of nuclear is irrational; not based on facts. Why the fear and opposition to nuclear waste from peaceful, commercial, nuclear power, but no fear from the almost 1000 nuclear bombs detonated in the same area, if nuclear waste remains dangerously radioactive for tens of thousands of years?

I am not saying that I want nuclear bombs to be tested again.

One thought on “Nuclear Fear Nevada Style

  1. Albert Rogers says:

    Actually, there is only a little more than 71 thousand tons of quite dense so-called waste, and the plutonium part, like the remaining 235_U part, are downright valuable,
    The least valuable, and highest radiation part if the fission products. It is high time we abandoned Carter’s “no reprocessing” rule, and at the very least made a point, perhaps a year or two after removal from the reactor, of separating the fission products from the actinides.
    Thinking about the sad fact that Rosetta’s companion Philae, that was taken to and landed upon a comet, did not have an RTG, and landed where her solar panels did no good, I wonder if NASA and ESA have given thought to the idea of RTGs using nuclear waste caesium or strontium chloride. Admittedly it will be less radioactive after a ten year trip, but still …

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