Nuclear Waste Management Essays

972 Words Feb 18th, 2006 4 Pages
The disposal of nuclear waste is quickly becoming the most important issue facing the environmental community today. Nearly twenty percent of our nation's electricity is being supplied by approximately 100 nuclear power plants that are operating in the United States. Currently, most of the nuclear waste created by these power plants is being housed temporarily in storage facilities and although the total amount of nuclear waste produced in one year is small, the need to find a permanent method of disposing this waste is rapidly growing. The problem is everyone wants to live the lifestyle nuclear power provides, but no one wants to pay the price. Where do we put the waste and who should have to suffer so the majority of the population …show more content…
Geologists against the proposed solution say the geology of Yucca Mountain, volcanic tuff, is not expected to provide an adequate barrier in the long term. "The Energy Department said Wednesday that a United States Geological Survey worker had "indicated that he had fabricated documentation of his work" in e-mails written between May 1998 to 2000." This, added to a long list of uncertain documents and proceedings does not look good for finding a solution to nuclear waste management. The idea of putting all your eggs into one basket is not an ideal solution process, but it seems to be the one the government has chosen for our nuclear waste problem, jeopardizing all of our lives in the long run. Certainly, with the way the government has chosen to handle this fragile situation something will get overlooked and thousands of years from now this waste could leak into our most valuable natural resource (our water system) and deplete our population rapidly. Something more needs to be done about this problem. It's not just a problem for the United States; it is a universal issue we must all make an educated decision on. Our back up plan might need to be to change the way we live and the amount of power we have to use for everyday life. We should put more money into developing solar power and wind power. These are the scientific solutions we need to be seeking.

Works Cited

Cunningham, William P. Environmental Science: A Global Concern.

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