Planet Earth is Increasingly Radioactive and It Won’t End Well
It’s not often addressed in mainstream news, but whether or not we see nuclear war, the future of our existence is most likely to be radioactive doom. And while the disaster at Fukushima has made some headlines in recent years, the world’s radiation problem is far worse than what is being acknowledged.
According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, there are close to 500 nuclear reactors on planet earth, and the number continues to grow. Accompanying these sites is are the requisite nuclear waste dumps, which also include dumps for weapons and other military testing.
Spent fuel rods, of the kind used in nuclear power plants like Fukushima, have a half-life of 220,000 to 15.7 million years, meaning there all of the fuel rods being used today will far outlive the human race in radioactivity.
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Of particular concern in nuclear waste management are two long-lived fission products, Tc-99 (half-life 220,000 years) and I-129 (half-life 15.7 million years), which dominate spent fuel radioactivity after a few thousand years.
Storage of spent radioactive material is criminally negligent in many cases, and delusional in so far as humans can absolutely not predict, nor negate, the long-term possible impacts of weather and natural disasters on active plants and storage facilities.
“Robert Alvarez, a nuclear policy specialist since 1975, reports that spent nuclear fuel in the United States comprises the largest concentration of radioactivity on the planet: 71,000 metric tons. Worse, since the Yucca Mountain waste repository has been scrapped due to its proximity to active faults (see last image), the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has allowed reactor operators to store four times more waste in the spent fuel pools than they’re designed to handle.”