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Not Another FuckUshima In My Backyard

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Uploaded on Mar 19, 2011

How much more does it take for the people to see?

At the malfunctioning Japanese atomic reactor, attention has shifted from the cores to the spent-fuel pools as the real radiation threat — the spent-fuel pools contain far more uranium than the reactor cores.

Guess where most spent-fuel rods are stored in the 24 plants with this type of GE reactors, located in the United States? As was the case in Fukushima, most pools are situated ON TOP OF THE BUILDINGS THAT HOUSE THE REACTORS!

There are much safer alternatives. One is "dry cask" storage of atomic waste, which does not require constant circulation of cooling water. Failure of cooling water circulation caused both the Three Mile Island and Fukushima accidents.

Hardly any of the spent fuel at Fukushima has been transferred to dry casks — only about five percent. That's why the current emergency is extreme.

Some atomic waste in the United States has been transferred to dry casks.

Most has not, because dry casks are MORE EXPENSIVE than wet pools and incredibly, U.S REGULATIONS DO NOT MANDATE THIS SAFETY STEP.

[The US governments of the past decennia were focused on wars and spending fortunes on them, not on REALLY protecting the American people for just a little money.]

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