Ian's Rant 06 – Burying Nuclear Waste
Ian's alternative solution for the disposal of nuclear waste.
Nuclear Waste Disposal
I can't understand the difficulty governments have disposing of nuclear waste materials. Can't they just put it back in the same place they dug it up from in the first place?
Somewhere out there, dotted around the map, are uranium mines where they dig up low-level radioactive bearing ore. Putting the "spent" radioactive materials back in the original hole is surely no more dangerous to that area, or to those people, or to the environment, than the original radioactive ore that came out of it?
And if my un-scientific assumptions are incorrect, and the refined nuclear material has been brought to a higher level of radioactivity than the original ore, then it seems only fitting that it goes back to where it came from so that those land-owners who profited by its extraction should be the ones who have to deal with the dangerous legacy that they themselves instigated.
– Ian Fieggen, Jun-2003
Nuclear Waste Figures
From the International Atomic Energy Agency's web site (http://www.iaea.org), Jun-2003: