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Yucca Mountain

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Report this Jun. 03 2004, 1:17 pm

I was having a discussion with my brother earlier, and it somehow went to the subject of Yucca Mountain, and America's plans for permanent storage of nuclear waste.  We had several points of discussion:
1)  Why on earth were nuclear reactors constructed in the first place with out some type of permanent storage plan in place?
2)  There are people opposed to Yucca Mountain, but the waste is there at every reactor site in the country and more is on the way, it has to go somewhere.  So should the opposition be ignored, or are there alternatives?
3)  The storage areas will be marked as dangerous, radiation area, do not enter, etc.  The concern is, if there is a national or planetary disaster that causes the fall of civilization and English falls into disuse, what about people thousands of years from now?  Is there anyway to keep them out of this stuff?  After all, if I'm some future archeologist and I find a big locked room buried under a mountain, I'm going to do my best to get in there.

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Report this Jun. 03 2004, 3:44 pm

Where else can we put it? Maybe we should just wait for Nuclear Fusion reactors.

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Report this Jun. 03 2004, 4:13 pm

Quote (negativezero @ June 02 2004, 3:44 pm)
Where else can we put it? Maybe we should just wait for Nuclear Fusion reactors.

Something that should have been said 50 years ago.  Of course we could just leave the waste for our grandchildren to deal with, after all, that's what our grandparents did.

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Report this Jun. 04 2004, 6:57 pm

Like hell you will!!!

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Report this Jun. 04 2004, 7:12 pm

Sell it to pie factories? They can use it for filler?

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Report this Jun. 04 2004, 7:23 pm

:p

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Report this Jun. 05 2004, 6:25 am

You're afraid that future civilizations wont recognize the language? What about the symbols? Everyone know the radioactive symbol, right?

BTW, can't we just dump the waste on the moon? Or just send it to space. That would solve all problems...

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Report this Jun. 05 2004, 9:04 am

Quote (VulcanFriedChicken @ June 03 2004, 6:57 pm)
Like hell you will!!!

I'm not advocating doing nothing.  But if they people who are trying to stop Yucca Mountain get their way, that's exactly what's going to happen.  The waste will continue to sit in storage tanks around the country and sooner or later someone will HAVE to deal with it.

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Report this Jun. 07 2004, 5:36 pm

Quote (Freelancer42 @ June 05 2004, 3:25 am)
You're afraid that future civilizations wont recognize the language? What about the symbols? Everyone know the radioactive symbol, right?

BTW, can't we just dump the waste on the moon? Or just send it to space. That would solve all problems...

I've always thought of that as a good idea.

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Report this Jun. 07 2004, 5:36 pm

Quote (Freelancer42 @ June 05 2004, 3:25 am)
BTW, can't we just dump the waste on the moon? Or just send it to space. That would solve all problems...

I've always thought of that as a good idea.

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Report this Jun. 07 2004, 7:14 pm

What I always wondered is could we use it to generate power as it decays. They have used this method to generat power for deep space satellites and remote weather stations in the polar regions. I not sure what elements the waste is composed of so it might be too toxic or radioactive to be used this way. Does anybody know about this?

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Report this Jun. 08 2004, 3:41 am

Quote (Noopy @ June 07 2004, 2:36 pm)
Quote (Freelancer42 @ June 05 2004, 3:25 am)
BTW, can't we just dump the waste on the moon? Or just send it to space. That would solve all problems...

I've always thought of that as a good idea.

Out of sight, out of mind?  Right?  Just send it to someone else's backyard?  All bad ideas.  

More funding needs to be pumped into research and development of cold fusion.

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Report this Jun. 08 2004, 10:12 am

Quote (Noopy @ June 06 2004, 5:36 pm)
Quote (Freelancer42 @ June 05 2004, 3:25 am)
BTW, can't we just dump the waste on the moon? Or just send it to space. That would solve all problems...

I've always thought of that as a good idea.

Not to mention the sad fact that every single launch has like a 1 in 100 chance of exploding during lift off.  Sorry Bahamas, but a rocket carrying tons of radioactive waste exploded after liftoff.  Sorry about all that fall out.  

Space launches are not exactly like flying from New York to LA.  And I seriously doubt anyone would advocate flying nuclear waste from New York to LA.

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Report this Jun. 10 2004, 4:03 pm

Maybe not now, but when space traveling is more secure... We could send it on an intercept course with the sun... That's not a bad idea, is it?

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Report this Jun. 10 2004, 10:55 pm

Quote (Freelancer42 @ June 10 2004, 1:03 pm)
Maybe not now, but when space traveling is more secure... We could send it on an intercept course with the sun... That's not a bad idea, is it?

Until there is a coalition created to prevent space pollution.

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