It is not some greenie expressing concern about where the nuclear energy industry is going to store its radioactive waste. No, it’s the Wall Street Journal that is worried.
The WSJ reported:
The majority of the country’s (US’) waste — about 50,000 metric tons — is stored in pools of water known as spent-fuel pools. The circulating water gradually cools the hot radioactive fuel rods.
The hazards of such a system became clear in March, when an earthquake and tsunami knocked out power to Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. In the ensuing disaster, water levels in at least one of the plant’s spent-fuel pools dropped to dangerous levels, allowing radiation to escape….
“That’s a daunting challenge, to find a place that’s secure for 10,000 years into the future,” said David Lochbaum, director of the nuclear safety project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that has been critical of the U.S. nuclear industry. “No one else on the planet has a solution either.”