Nuclear Spent Fuel/Radioactive Waste Storage

Nuclear Spent Fuel Disposal/Storage technology in Sweden is at a very well developed stage. Sweden is one of those countries that is transitioning away from nuclear fuel. 


Their plan is to close all their nuclear reactor facilities and decommission them permanently. Germany has made that same decision to close all plants by 2022. http://youtu.be/v2kchdJ_Z68


Japan has shut down all but one of their 54 nuclear plants as of April 2012. The local residents no longer want nuclear power but on the industry side, pressure is mounting to restart all reactors.


Italy had four operating nuclear power reactors but shut down the last two operating nuclear plants following the Chernobyl accident. http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf101.html

Lithuania shut down it’s only nuclear power plant. http://youtu.be/yXTtAsGO8as


Is it possible that the Swiss are learning from the hard lessons experienced by millions of Japanese, Russian and US residents, and applying them preventatively?


The Swiss people plan to bury the wastes generated by the nuclear industry deep underground in bedrock and store it there for 100,000 years (or longer). 

This video gives us a very good illustration of just HOW VERY LONG a time period 100,000 years is, in terms of human beings. Can we even design something to last for 100,000 years, and make it last that long safely? 

How do we know it will last that long, when our whole human history only goes back about that long, when we first came out of Africa as a dark skinned primitive quasi-animal? 

Further, what are the risks going forward? What happens to all nuclear power plants and their associated spent fuel pools if the power goes out globally for a year, just as one example?

This article goes into more detail on this issue;

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On a more basic fundamental level, is it possible to build a ‘safe’ nuclear power plant and operate it for an expected lifetime, without any severe accidents around the spent fuel pools and/or reactors? 

Arnie Gunderson weighs in on this subject with some good points that are worth considering, especially when it comes to safety considerations. 


In the following video entitled; Nuclear Power 101: Fairewinds Examines the Fundamental Advantages and Disadvantages of Splitting Atoms to Boil Water.

Included in this presentation is a discussion of how nuclear power plants work, how to cool a reactor during an accident, the effect of hot particles when inhaled, and concerns involving the long-term storage of nuclear waste. This presentation took place at the Nuclear Power Conference held at the University of Vermont July 23, 2011.





videos are courtesy of Fairewinds Associates
http://fairewinds.com/  And YouTube.com



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