28 Feb '13, 3pm

A Fresh Look at Nuclear Waste

A Fresh Look at Nuclear Waste

The American program to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and other highly radioactive wastes is at a standstill for a variety of reasons. First-of-a-kind efforts tend to be technologically difficult, but the real problems are not hardware issues, according to a new book, “Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste.” Cambridge University Press “The technical characteristics of nuclear waste make the disposal problem difficult, yet it is the human factors that have made it intractable,’’ the authors, William M. and Rosemarie Alley, a husband-and-wife team, write. Those include “unrealistic demands for earth-science predictions far into the future, eroding confidence in government and institutions, confusion about which ‘experts’ to trust, and the ever-present NIMS [not-in-my-state] and Nimby,’’ they report. Since the Obama administration killed a plan to build a ...

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