Monday, August 21, 2006

Taking Issue With The Washington Post on Used Fuel

After reading a Washington Post editorial on Yucca Mountain and used nuclear fuel, Rod Adams has a bone or two to pick with the paper:

The editorial then devotes almost half of its valuable space to calling for a "politically and technically viable plan for storing the deadly radioactive waste that nuclear power plants produce". There are several emotionally charged and technically inaccurate statements made in the article, calling the material of concern "sludge" stating that the material is "piling up on sites next to reactors, in many cases close to population centers". Even the title of the article is not accurate, the glow seen in used nuclear fuel pools, which is caused by Cerenkov radiation, is definitely blue.
There's more, and it's all worth your time.

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