All nuclear power plants generate highly radioactive spent fuel waste that must be contained for thousands of generations (over a million years) to prevent harm to humans, animals, and the environment. See the 15-minute video NUCLEAR WASTE 101 by Dr. Gordon Edwards.
As congress passes legislation and appropriates many billions of dollars to subsidize research and development of new nuclear power and new nuclear fuels, the unresolved problems, costs, and hazards of nuclear waste storage are largely ignored.
See the ONFN flier: NUCLEAR WASTE. Learn about urgent problems with dangerously inadequate nuclear waste storage canisters.
Proposed “small, modular” nuclear reactors will only exacerbate the already serious nuclear waste problem. New and experimental reactors are being designed to burn fuel much longer than current high burnups, creating new and more dangerous problems with storage and transport.
Reprocessing the waste (so-called recycling) has proven to be a dirty and dangerous process and does not eliminate the waste. Reprocessing can also create proliferation risks.
How can an industry that generates extremely hazardous, highly radioactive ‘forever’ waste be considered clean or green? It can’t.