HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ!!
Few people understand the risk of stored nuclear fuel in the United States! And the supply increases each year buy another four to six thousand metric tons per year! We are all – ALREADY – fuckin’ doomed – yet it continues unabated – AMAZING.
The United States has MORE NUCLEAR REACTORS than any other single country in the entire world – combine this with 74K Metric Tons of “HOT” spent nuclear fuel – in pools of water circulated by electric pumps that rely on the local, regional and national electric grid, ALL of which must have at ALL TIMES, a CONSTANT and RELIABLE supply of BOTH water and electricity 24/7 non-stop! And these fuel rods must remain in cooling pools for DECADES or they will ‘spontaneously’ ignite into a ‘nuclear fire that water CANNOT EXTINGUISH!
1. What if the pumps fail or need repair? (Some have already been running more than 20yrs non-stop – any guesses how long before final failure?)
2. What if a hurricane, storm or drought cuts the water supply?
3. What if both things happen at once?
As Japan’s nuclear crisis continues, this report
details the nature and extent of radioactive
spent fuel stored at nuclear reactors across
the United States and how it can be made less hazardous.
U.S. reactors have generated about 65,000
metric tons of spent fuel, of which 75 percent is stored
in pools, according to Nuclear Energy Institute data.
Spent fuel rods give off about 1 million rems (10,00Sv)
of radiation per hour at a distance of one foot — enough
radiation to kill people in a matter of seconds. There are more than 30 million such rods in U.S. spent fuel pools.
No other nation has generated this much radioactivity
from either nuclear power or nuclear weapons production.
Nearly 40 percent of the radioactivity in U.S.
spent fuel is cesium-137 (4.5 billion curies) — roughly
20 times more than released from all atmospheric
nuclear weapons tests. U.S. spent pools hold about
15-30 times more cesium-137 than the Chernobyl accident released.
For instance, the pool at the Vermont Yankee reactor, a BWR Mark I, currently holds nearly
three times the amount of spent fuel stored at DaiIchi’s
crippled Unit 4 reactor. The Vermont Yankee reactor
also holds about seven percent more radioactivity than
the combined total in the pools at the four troubled
reactors at the Fukushima site.
Even though they contain some of the largest
concentrations of radioactivity on the planet, U.S.
spent nuclear fuel pools are mostly contained in ordinary industrial structures designed to merely protect them against the elements. Some are made from materials commonly used to house big-box stores and car dealerships.