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    It's just that people damn nuclear power because of the waste--which can be reprocessed or safely shielded and stored, and has been for decades--while praising solar technology as if it presented zero issues at the waste management end. As you point out, Brookhaven is trying to help solar companies manage their waste issues better.

    If solar technology expands, then its waste is going to increase greatly as well as hazards in the PV factories.  This does not mean we should eliminate solar power.  It's extremely expensive, and if the cost of its waste is factored in, even more costly, but maybe over the years it will become more affordable.

    All energy production has waste issues.  The volume of nuclear waste and the environmental footprint of nuclear plants happen to be tiny compared to that of other facilities.

    •  If it can be safely stored (none)
      ...why are there 80,000 tons of it laying around in the backyards of nuke plants?  This stuff is THE MOST POISONOUS CRAP KNOWN TO MAN, and it sticks around for a long, long time.  

      If nukes are so great and renewables so untenable, why are more renewables being brought online every year than nukes?  Japan alone has brought over 5,000 megawatts of solar capacity online in the last ten years.

      Wind is the fastest growing source of power in the world and has been for nearly a decade.

      A smattering of articles for you to read from:

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      2005 (Scroll down to second article)

      Over the past decade, wind has added over 47,000 megawatts to the world's power supply.  During the same time, you could count on one hand the number of new nuke plants coming online globally, producing about 3,000 Mw on average.  

      The reason?

      How much does it cost to build and operate a nuke plant?

      Nuclear energy is NOT safe, is NOT clean and is NOT cheap.

      In every stage of these Oppressions...: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury." DoI, TJ

      by ChuckLin on Mon Sep 19, 2005 at 05:05:16 PM PDT

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      •  Your information is incorrect (none)
        The fact is that nuclear waste has been safely stored for over five decades in spent fuel pools in the US without causing a single death.  Only one percent of it is highly radioactive and has a long half-life.  The rest decays rather quickly.  

        A teaspoon of it would certainly not kill 100,000 people.  I recommend that you learn the basics about radioactivity and what it can and cannot do.  When the Chernobyl fire and steam explosion occurred, 50 tons of nuclear fuel was dispersed into the area.  This accident killed 60 people, two from steam burns, nine from thyroid cancers that went untreated, and the rest from radiation poisoning as they worked in the reactor trying to put out the fire.

        The National Cancer Institute surveyed a number of nuclear facilities and found that cancer rates were no different near them than in areas without nuclear plants.

        There is a source of energy in the US that is killing 32,000 people prematurely each year with its waste: coal-fired plants.

        You are repeating misconceptions about nuclear energy that you must have picked up from very biased sources.

        Patrick Moore, a founder of Greenpeace:

        "I believe the majority of environmental activists, including those at Greenpeace, have now become so blinded by their extremist policies that they fail to consider the enormous and obvious benefits of harnessing nuclear power to meet and secure America s growing energy needs. There is now a great deal of scientific evidence showing nuclear power to be an environmentally sound and safe choice. A doubling of nuclear energy production would make it possible to significantly reduce total GHG emissions nation-wide. In order to create a better environmental and energy secure future, the U.S. must once again renew its leadership in this area."

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