How safe is it really to store radioactive materials near a water supply like they plan to do in Florida?
asked 4 January 2017 asked by Compereed (450 points)
Safe is a relative term. In theory, if you place radioactive waste into hermetically-sealed containers, the threat of a leak is minimal. In real life, all you need to do is look at all the problems Hanford is having with aging storage systems and leaks to see how dangerous of an idea it happens to be. It was only a few months ago that a bad leak was discovered there. http://www.alternet.org/environment/catastrophic-leak-found-hanford-nuclear-site-washington-state So in Florida, the idea is that the ground water will be protected because the radioactive waste will be injected below the water table. I think we should ask questions of such a practice, especially when a location like Florida is essentially supported by limestone, which is water permeable. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/fpl-wants-to-store-radioactive-waste-under-our-drinking-water-supply-8971822 So the threat is for carcinogens to leak into the water supply. I think if history has taught as anything, it’s that we shouldn’t store radioactive items near our life-essential supplies. If they do move forward with this idea in Florida, I would definitely start buying bottled water in bulk.
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earthquakes make any storage unsafe. The best way to proceed is not to produce any radioactive waste. Germany is decommissioning all their nuclear power plants. That is why green energy is encouraged and people are allowed to sell it to the grid. Windmills, solar panels....all have to help the short fall of energy. This has been very good for the German economy as green energy products are in high demand and are procduced in Germany