Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Nuclear waste. The worst type of garbage
for raccoons to get into. Now, it’s a substance
that we all know is dangerous thanks to movies like this. NARRATOR:They tormented him
until he had a horrifying
accident and fell into a bag
of nuclear waste.
Melvin became
The Toxic Avenger,
the first superhero born
out of nuclear waste.
-His face is so terrifying…
…we can’t show it to you now.
You’ll have to see the movie
for yourself.
Honestly, you really don’t need
to see the movie, ’cause… his face isn’t really
that terrifying. This is it. I mean it’s bad, but its–
it’s so ugly, it’s almost cute again. It’s like– it’s like someone
melted a candle shaped -like a pug.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) But– but the point here is nuclear waste, the radioactive
and toxic byproducts from making nuclear energy
and weapons is a serious health hazard,
and America has a lot of it. ANCHOR:There are more than
71,000 tons of nuclear waste
at the nation’s 104 reactors.
Put all those
spent fuel rods together,
and you get a pile
as big as a football field
and more than 20 feet tall.Or you could put them
in a pile as big as two football fields
and ten feet tall or half a football field
and 40 feet tall. Or 20 football fields,
one foot tall. The point is, we have a lot of
nuclear waste and it’s very fun -to play with.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And look, that is just the waste
from nuclear energy. We also have more than
100 million gallons of hazardous liquid waste
from producing weapons. And you may live closer
to nuclear waste than you think. One out of three Americas lives
within 50 miles of high level nuclear waste. Some of which, like plutonium,
is lethally dangerous, and will be– will be around
for an incredibly long time. NARRATOR:Even microscopic
amounts of plutonium,
if ingested, are deadly.One of the characteristics
of it is it has an extremely long half-life. Plutonium 239, for example,
has a half life of about 24,000 years. It’s true, 24,000 years and that
just scratches the surface. It takes ten half-lives
for plutonium to become harmless so that’s 240,000 years. A unit of time more commonly
known as one English patient. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And as any adult with
an American girl doll collection eventually finds out,
if you wanna keep something around for a disturbingly
long time, you have got to find an appropriate place to put it. “I cannot live
with your murder dolls anymore. Felicity stares at me
while I sleep! She stares at me!” -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS, CHEERS)
-“She stares unblinking!” And look, I’m not the first person
to make this point. Look at this news report
from 1990. NARRATOR:
Almost half a century
after nuclear power
was harnessed,
there still is no agreement
on where to store the waste.
“We have built the house,”
said one critic,
“and forgotten the toilets.”-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-A home… with no toilets. Or as a realtor
selling a Brooklyn loft is calling it right now,
“artisanal composting.” Wait. You’re suggesting that
I shit in that potted plant while you and I both know that
I will do that ’cause this is convenient
to public transport, and has both northern
and eastern exposures. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) But look, it– it has been
27 years since that clip and our country still doesn’t
have a nuclear toilet. And that is
our subject tonight. Why do we not have
a nuclear toilet? And it’s actually easy
to understand how we got into this situation.
Because during World War Two, we rushed to develop nuclear
weapons because we were trying to defeat the Nazis, who, fun fact, pretty much
all Americans agreed were bad -at the time.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Anyway, the– the thing is, we didn’t really have
a plan on what to do with all the radioactive
byproducts that we produced. And this initially led us to some mind-blowingly
stupid solutions. For instance, for years,
we actually did this… MAN:They loaded the, uh,radioactive waste and it was
in barrels, 55 gallon barrels, of, uh, radioactive waste
with concrete poured over it. It’s funny, the ocean
don’t glow out there outside of Red Bank, New Jersey.
(CHUCKLES) Really. ‘Cause we dumped
a lot of barrels out there. -(AUDIENCE GASPS)
-That is true. We didn’t just dump barrels
of radioactive waste in the ocean, we did it
off the coast of New Jersey. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) That is so horrifying! I’m surprised thatJersey Shore
was the title of a lighthearted MTV series, and not the name
of a harrowing documentary. An entire generation of children
was born without thumbs, a phenomenon known
to locals as… -“The Situation.”
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And, incidentally, not all of those barrels sank.
In fact, in 1957, when two barrels were
caught floating off the shore, naval aircraft were summoned
to strafe them with machine-gun fire
until they sank. That’s right. They shot barrels full
of nuclear waste with machine guns! That’s got to be one of the most
terrifying sentences ever said out loud, right after, “Donald Trump is
the president now,” and, “Wait, wasn’t Felicity
on a different shelf when we went to bed last night? Oh, my God!
Felicity is a waking nightmare!” (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Oh! Well, the truth is, tossing
barrel-fulls of nuclear waste into the ocean and shooting them with machine guns is actually
preferable to at least one genuine other idea
that was thankfully rejected, and that was blasting it
into space. A concept
with a pretty clear flaw. WOMAN:Unfortunately,we don’t have a great recordwith getting rockets
out into the atmosphere.
If any one of them blew up,that would basically contaminatea large portion of the Earth
with radioactive material.
not a great idea.
-Yeah. You’re right. That’s probably
not a great idea. I mean, a really great idea
would be also filling the rockets up with confetti,
so at least that way if there’s a horrific accident,
there’s also a party! (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Now, over the years, we have
dumped nuclear waste all over the country and in many places,
there’ve been frightening leaks. Take the Savannah River Site
in South Carolina, where waste from poorly-stored
material leaked into the ground water. And just watch this alarmingly
laid back man explain the consequences of that. MAN:There are radioactive
alligators on the site.
(STUDIO AUDIENCE LAUGHS) MAN:Radioactive materials are
in the sediments.
-(CLANGING) MAN:It’s gonna go
up the food chain and…
there’s gonna be
radioactive alligators.
-Yeah. Radioactive alligators! They even have names, Tritagator and Dioxinator, after two of the wastes
that poisoned them. And that’s actually very clever, because if I had
to give them names, I don’t know, I’d probably
have gone with something like, (SCREAMS) “Holy Shit! A Fucking
Radioactive Alligator!” And, “Oh No, Fuck Me,
There’s Another One! What Nightmare
Hath God Wrought?” And it’s not just reptiles
who’ve been impacted by nuclear waste.
Researchers are now studying an area in North St. Louis
County, Missouri, where tons of waste
from the Manhattan project was improperly stored,
some near a creek that winds through
residential communities, and people who live there have
noticed some alarming trends. JENELL WRIGHT:I got on Facebook
in order to reconnect
with people from high school…And we all immediately
started noticing that so many
of us were sick.
We’ve discovered that
the Department
of Veterans Affairs
officially recognizes around 21
cancers associated with exposure
to ionizing radiation,
and compared that list
to what we had.We had all of those cancers,
every single one.
That is an incredibly
depressing thing to discover on Facebook and it’s– it’s hard
to know how to respond. I mean, you definitely
don’t want to use the “like” button, because… then it looks
like you really like the fact they just got cancer. Now, there is
that new sad emoji, which would really be perfect if you hadn’t already cheapened
it by using it to respond to the news that Chris Pratt
and Anna Faris were separating. I mean, it is sad. It is sad.
But it is not “21-cancer” sad. It’s “nine-cancer” sad.
Tops. The point is, thankfully,
60 years ago, our government
and the scientific consensus came up with a solution. In 1957, the National Academy
of Sciences issued a report urging the creation
of a permanent storage facility deep underground.
Basically, a nuclear toilet. And while we did build
a repository for lower-level waste
in New Mexico, we still haven’t built one for the most dangerous,
high-level waste. And, as a result, it’s
essentially been left wherever it was made.
Which is not good, because those facilities
were not built with the idea that they would be
storing waste indefinitely. So, to continue the toilet
metaphor, we’ve basically been shitting
in bags, leaving them
all over the house, and praying
that they don’t leak. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And the most frightening
example of this is the Hanford Site
in Washington state, which created two third
of the plutonium in the US arsenal
and is currently storing 56 million gallons
of highly toxic and radioactive waste
underground. And over the years, there have been so many issues
at Hanford, that they’ve achieved
a dubious honor, as one local
new-station reported, with an almost prideful tone. ANCHOR:The most contaminated
place in the entire
Western Hemisphere isn’t
at a polluting factory
or an old chemical plant.It’s right here
in Washington State.
Oh! “It’s right here!
We did it guys! Washington State, home
to the most contaminated place in the Western Hemisphere, thousands of acres
of apple orchards, and several of Ted Bundy’s
grizzliest murders. We did it! Right here!” There have been a string
of problems at Hanford, from explosions,
to toxic vapor releases, to over a million gallons
of waste leaking out of their tanks
over the years. It has been so bad,
the government has had to pay out nearly
one and a half billion dollars in compensation to thousands
of workers for illnesses stemming from exposure
to radiation and toxic chemicals there. A local news station has done
a series of reports on Hanford, and after a tunnel
collapse this May, they found some of
the infrastructure there is almost comically badly
put together. ANCHOR:Mistakes during
construction are factors
in the dangerous state
of the tunnels.
They’re 55 and 60 years old,well beyond their expected
life span.
In addition, wood beams holding
up the tunnels are eroding,
and what corrodes timber beams?
Yeah! You can’t build something
out of wood and expect it to last forever. You’re supposed
to have learned that from the second dumbest
of the Three Little Pigs. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Hanford… Hanford is
a gigantic problem. And even though it hasn’t
produced anything for 30 years, the Department of Energy
still spends nearly two and a half billion
dollars a year on cleaning it up, which is
close to ten percent of its annual budget. And it is pretty weird to find out that a place
you just heard about is getting that much
of the DOE’s money. It’s like finding out that half
the Department of Agriculture budget goes to this moose
named Gordon. I mean, I don’t know
the right amount, -but that seems like a lot.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And in case you’re thinking,
“Well I’m definitely glad that I don’t live near Hanford,” remember there are nuclear
power plants storing waste all over the country,
lots of it in so-called “spent fuel pools.” That’s where nuclear
fuel rods are supposed to be temporarily placed to cool down, and then put
into dry containers, and then moved to permanent
underground storage sites. But remember,
we don’t have one of those. And in many places those pools
are just accumulating more and more rods. And while experts say
it’s highly unlikely, if a Fukushima-like accident
happens at one of those, the results could be
catastrophic. ANCHOR:
The northeast has a number
of nuclear power plants,
including the Indian Point plant
just outside of New York City.
If any one of those
were to have
a severe
spent fuel pool accident,
you’re taking away
a lot of big cities,
a lot of farm lands,
a lot of the United States,
for decades, perhaps centuries.That’s right,
lots of big cities. New York, Hartford, Boston. And that last one is
a real shame, ’cause as I understand it,
they only just got un-racist yesterday. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-So… I mean, at least they could get
to enjoy their new life. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-So… So, look, it is pretty clear
we need to find a permanent facility to store
our most dangerous waste. And 30 years ago,
we actually settled on a site, Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Congress passed a law
designating it as our sole candidate
for waste storage. Now since then,
we’ve spent 15 billion dollars prepping the site, as you can see
from this rather upbeat video. NARRATOR:Located
about 100 miles
northwest of Las Vegas,Yucca mountain is the most
thoroughly researched site
of its kind in the world.Experts throughout the world
agree that the most
feasible and safe methodfor disposing
of highly radioactive materials
is to store them
deep underground.
That’s right.
The best place to put nuclear waste is
in a hole deep underground. Much like Felicity. Wait. Wait, if she’s not there,
where is she? -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-Ah, Jesus fucking Christ! Fuck me! Jesus! Fucking–
-It’s alright. It’s okay. I’m fine. It’s fine. The point is… So, Yucca mountain
is our permanent storage site. So the problem is solved,
right? Well, no! Because while the site
has been deemed safe, and the people
in the immediate area, Nye County,
actually support the project, many Nevadans elsewhere
in the state really don’t want it. And their former senator,
Harry Reed, lobbied hard, eventually managing
to get Yucca shot down. Now, to be fair, he did have
an alternative plan for all the states sitting
on their nuclear waste, but to put it mildly, it was not exactly
scientifically-sound. Leave it on site, where it is. Leave it where it is,
and dry cast storage containers. If you were smart,
what you would do is, uh… leave this… leave it where it is. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) “If you’re smart,
what you would do is leave the thing where it is”
is terrible advice for dealing with nuclear waste. Although, it is coincidentally the title of Britain’s
bestselling book on parenting. -But… But…
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Here… Here is the truth. the scientific consensus
for decades has been that leaving it where
it is is a really bad idea. The shutted power plant
at San Onofre, in California, is storing nuclear waste,
and it’s on a fault line right next to the ocean. And that sounds like
something you learn in the first scene of a movie
starring The Rock that you watch on a plane. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-And look, maybe Yucca is the best place to store our growing supply
of radioactive garbage. Maybe it’s not. I am not a nuclear scientist.
I just have the face of one. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-And… And our– Our new energy secretary,
Rick Perry… yes, Rick Perry… has said that he is
optimistic about fixing the whole problem,
which does sound great. Although, he didn’t exactly do
a great job at dealing with this disaster. ♪ (UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING) ♪ (STUDIO AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Yeah, that was him
onDancing with the Stars,and on the basis of that,
managing volatile energy is not really his forte. But here’s the thing.
We’ve been saying that we are going to fix this
for decades now, and we seem to be no closer
to a solution. And let me show you something that really drove that fact
home to us, because we’ve
been researching this story for a couple of weeks now,
and just yesterday afternoon, we stumbled on a TV special
from 1977, the year that I was born. ♪ (MUSIC PLAYING) ♪ NARRATOR:
NBC News presents…
Danger! Radioactive Waste. Yeah, this problem is so old they reported on it back when
the news was kept in an America-shaped vault
that you had to open with a crank. As we watched that yesterday,
we gradually and chillingly realized that
by pure coincidence it hits every beat of the story
that we just told you. It opens with footage
of sailors throwing barrels into the ocean. It looks at the facilities
at Hanford. It talks about radiation’s
impact on workers and on families
who live nearby. And while it doesn’t have
a radioactive alligator, it does have radioactive cows. Which is– which is still good.
Although, I did prefer our alligator. I liked it when he went…
-But– But the most chilling moment in that documentary might be
the one where they sit down with someone in authority,
and demand to know exactly when this will be fixed. NARRATOR:When you ask
when the problem will be solved,
you get answers like this.WOMAN: What’s the realistic
time table? Realistic time table
is scheduled to have a repository in operation
by 1985, with the selection of the sites
by the end of 1978 for detailed work. Exactly. Nuclear waste is a problem
we were supposed to have dealt with in the 1980’s
and still cannot solve, much like this Rubik’s Cube
that I always carry with me. You are my Jean Valjean,
cube, and, one day, -I shall defeat you.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And at the end
of that special, remember, 40 years ago, the correspondent
delivers this special message. The waste
increases every minute. The solution of where
to put it is years away.And none of the previous
solutions has worked.
We are accustomed
in this country to act
only in times of crisis.But with nuclear waste,when the crisis comes,
it will be too late.
And that was
from four decades ago. We have already waited way
too long to resolve this issue. And we are dancing
with trouble here. So if any one says
the government can just continue to wait, they are much like
a house with no toilet. Absolutely full of shit. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS, APPLAUDS)

96 thoughts on “Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  1. C'mon, bruh. In the general range of common radioactive isotopes, plutonium isotopes that have a half life of 24,000 years don't last very long. Look at the two most common isotopes of uranium for example, U235 has a half life of 1BILLION YEARS while U238 has a half life of 5 BILLION YEARS. In fact, that very difference in half life accounts for most of what makes certain isotopes of plutonium so dangerous when compared to Uranium. Both Plutonium and Uranium are weak alpha emitters, it's just that plutonium releases that radiation at a much faster rate than Uranium. Also living within 50 miles of nuclear waste doesn't mean shit. It played on people's lack of knowledge about nuclear waste and nuclear energy as a whole. Dirty move, I typically really enjoy John Oliver's videos, regardless of whether I agree with his political stance, but this has crossed a line that shouldn't have been crossed and casts doubt on the evidence of his previous videos.

  2. You know, that nuclear waste that was dumped near New Jersey sure does explain an awful lot about New Jersey and it’s reputation these days…

  3. He needs to wait for people to stop clapping. It really bothers me.. just be patient for a few seconds. He immediately pipes up again.

  4. I did the math once trying to figure out how much concrete would be needed to store it safely, also factoring in that after maximum 50 years the concrete would have to be replaced, I also took in the fact that that concrete would have become nuclear waste itself. The numbers added up to a point whereas by 2100 the earth would have to be covered by concrete a 100 feet high just to contain al the waste. And I didn't even factor in the waste from newly built plants. It's beyond insanity if you realise that the only reason of existence of nuclear powerplants is that they need the waste to create nuclear weapons. Lots of NP's actually cost electricity because they need to shut them down often, especially older NP's are problematic at that. Yes, if they don't produce, they cost. That's why they also keep on a lot of outdated coal power plants and such just to keep a safe buffer to keep the NP's electrified. Just think about it…

  5. John is a comedic genius, and the strangest thing is… it's all true! Makes you wonder about 'the news' isn't it?

  6. The Santa Ofrey power plant in California was shown in the 1983 film, Koyaanisqatsi. In that shot, sun bathers are laying on the beach, then the camera pans up, revealing the potential source of danger and chaos. It was simply bone chilling!

  7. Why is it videos about nuclear waste never point out the fact that all of the plutonium in the planet is mined from the earth . Like every other mined ore

  8. Just want to point out that Yucca Mountain was something they had been working on for decades. It was a done deal and the entire industry was preparing for it. Then, when it was shut down, it was done so just before it was scheduled to start receiving waste. It was a major blow. I know this because my wife is a nuclear scientist who had to do PR work for the NRC trying to keep them from shutting it down.

  9. If nuclear energy is so safe then take that 71 tons of reactors rods and deliver it to the front door of the White House and till them to take it home 😄👍

  10. actually sending it to space is much safer now id imagine than anything else…. on earth it will eventually be exposed to nature no matter what you put around it to insulate it. Treating the waste as serious as human life such as using escape rockets on the payloads will ensure it doesn't explode… I hear that spacex has some cheap space fares, maybe we should start giving them business. Each of the 448 nuclear reactors in the world would only need to fire off one of these rockets once a year… its much safer than dumping in the ocean… which is literally all we can do right now, if it leaks in the ocean it'll be more dangerous than a rocket exploding in the atmosphere full of this stuff.

  11. I feel like if you’re talking about nuclear waste and you don’t talk about the irreparable damage the US and France has done to the Pacific since like the 1940s you’ve missed one of the most crucial aspects of this discussion :/

  12. Actually we have a nuclear toilet. We built a huge storage facility in the middle of nowhere in Nevada where nobody lives, but Harry Reid thinks he's a hero for blocking the Feds from moving it there. All about posing for the people in Las Vegas to get re elected, pretending like he's keeping them safe, but actually is endangering millions of other americans. Read up about it. If we could use that facility, we'd have a storage place for hundreds of years to come. And its in a desolate wasteland where nobody needs to live within 100 miles of. If we wanna solve the problem, lets push it through and use the storage place we built already

  13. Nuclear… were being gay about it in america beause its related to bombs offten, and large accidents, or multiple deaths in war, blah blah blah.. but thats becuase its awesome, like right away it became a technology, that worth more than government,democracy,gold and god or god and gold. Like how would it change the world or america if the power got into a form used by the public.. Like for usefull things, we would use 90& less oil and gas, we have 90% more land that open to use. tye stuff… Heres the fear, the true fear, right now is sorta " the united states of america", or the United states ( the united states like to make itself seem important by spending or saying it has an idea of what to do with American money.. there bankers and investers essentially type stuf in the past"
    If nuclear had or has a break through for america, it could quite possible be called " the nuclear (what ever the companies name or title) of america. So lets say it at one time we were almost known as the " GE of America" (General Electricty of America) [ like they knew best what americans wanted, and how to spend or make money. worth something, country and technology stuff] The united states was the Broker, for the technology… type stuff

  14. Fallout gave us Radscorpions, Radstags, and Radroaches, but South Carolina is the only state to give us Radgators. And who knew that the US had been taking the first step to making Brahmins a reality.
    If Bethesda is going to make Fallout 5, it must take place in one of the gator states so we can fight Radgators.

  15. This really is just a perfect example of the American Ethos. ''Hey Stanley, Jimmy come 'ere a sec! Say boys, why don't we go and mess with some seriously dangerous shit we don't fully understand yet? I'm sure the aftermath will sort itself out.''

  16. So nuclear plants were promised a way to store waste, but were forced to store on site in a less safe manner. So if one of them leaks what do you think the public will blame? The lawmakers for blocking safe storage? No. They will blame nuclear technolgy as a whole despite it being the safest form of energy ever produced

  17. While stable storage of the waste would be an improvent, if we had the will to build integral fast reactors we could burn the waste to generate energy. The remaining waste that cannot be burned is lightweight elements that decay in a few centuries, much less than the 120k years for plutonium.

  18. Just contract SpaceX to send the waste to space. Set up a launch site in the middle of the ocean or in nevada so if the rocket blew up it wouldn't really harm anyone.

  19. Just came to this video from the one about lead in our pipes and paint.. And in the lead video, Jon pointed out that despite all of the uproar in congress, they couldn't even fund the bare minimum mitigation for $300 million/year for a decade.

    Now in this one we find that the government has been shelling out 2 billion dollars a year for one nuclear waste site that isn't even operational anymore???

    What in the actual fuck is wrong with this government… Any amount of money necessary to protect and clean up after the military… But when it comes to low income families and children and old lead filled homes…. Nah. Can't afford it. Sorry kiddos..

  20. I usually like John Oliver, but how bout he keeps making jokes about politics instead of talking about things which he has no understanding of……….
    Nuclear waste isn't toxic, unlike used solar panels and wind turbines that end up in landfills or third world countries after 20 years

  21. "Even microscopic amounts of plutonium, if ingested, are deadly"
    Straight-up not true, and this has BEEN definitively not true for DECADES, well before 2010:

  22. I'm in Churchill county in Nevada, and I say F*** you take that shit back! We already live in a place where everything wants to kill us, now your gonna give us this too!?! Radioactive rattlesnakes, and shit…

  23. The sad truth is that it may turn out that nuclear power is the only feasible way to manage climate change. All other forms of energy inherently destroy the ecosystem in a more drastic way than nuclear waste. Wind and solar need cleared land just like farming not to mention the chemicals needed to produce solar panels and wind turbines and ultimately only providing 35% of the energy needed. Dam's destroy the aquaculture of the water and we all know what happens with fossil fuels. Nuclear byproducts are a localized amount of radioactive material and steam. Meltdowns (Explosions) and improper storage are the only concerns, which are faced by every type of energy, nuclear just requires more oversight and management but I'm tired of people saying we are not careful enough so we shouldn't do it as opposed to just being more careful. France gets 90% of it's power from nuclear and they seem to be doing okay…

  24. It really pisses me off when people say nuclear energy is green and safe. It's only safe if nothing goes wrong, and when in human history has nothing ever gone wrong for more than 100 years

  25. while it is true that ingesting plutonium is a really bad idea, as long as it is stored in a way where ingestion isn't possible the fact that it has a half life of 24000 years simply means that it is NOT particularly radioactive. There are many other radioactive elements MUCH worse, namely the ones that decay more quickly!!! Perhaps they should have consulted a nuclear engineer before "blowing up" 😉

  26. If my memory is accurate, not too long ago there was a news story that they had been storing nuclear waste at the museum at the Grand Canyon so that anyone visiting can take away with them some of that "special glow." Also, it wasn't the Nevadans that didn't want the nuclear waste at Yucca: it was the aliens in area 51. They objected strongly and since the Air Force has been depended on them for techno support, of course, Yucca was closed down.

  27. Chernobyl biggest nuclear disaster: 28 deaths from radiation a few thousand cases of one specific type of cancer that is easy to treat which resulted in 15 deaths so to sum it up the biggest nuclear disaster known to humans caused 43 deaths

  28. Should check out episode 3 of inside bill's brain on netflix. He created a prototype to use nuclear waste as fuel and a passive form of atmospheric cooling to prevent any meltdown.

  29. lol so, all nuclear waste could fill 1 single football field 20 ft tall… and this is somehow unmanageable and hazardous??? c'mon people PLEASE have a little perspective. if CO2 is actually the existential threat scientists like to claim, nuclear power is obviously safest, cleanest answer.

  30. Solution: use the moon. Space is filled with radiation, the issue with it is, it is affected by gravity and an atmosphere. It is the only 0 impact site, we have shuttles that can make return trips and launch success rate has improved alot. If we ship it out to space to just float, we're wasting a resource we will most likely have a use for within 25000 years… Would also provide proper funding for a station on the moon to study radiation, as its a much safer location to study it than the earth and radiation is essentially a dense emission of energy, if we could harness it, we would have wireless electricity and in space have a power source dense enough to make planetary colonization much easier, not to mention having the moon as a pitstop to minimize human exposure within the earths atmosphere.

  31. There's also a huge amount of nuclear waste/nuclear contaminated material right outside Denver Colorado in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Reserve.

  32. Nuclear waste is the biggest problem 90 million species face on Earth. 400,000 tons with no plan to secure it or keep it out of the environment. Nuclear is not carbon neutral, nor cheap, nor safe at all if you consider the mining, refining, transport, concrete used and decommissioning costs – if there were a way to safely store the waste. These plants are relics, leak continually and, in the case of Indian Point, 30 miles from downtown Manhattan, Entergy doesn't even have an accurate diagram of the plant's plumbing.

  33. He America, it's sad so see that you only do something if it makes money. If it cost money in the short time American decision makers are so ignorant. But wait and see, when it is too late it will cost the USA a magnitude of money to fix it…. It is pity to know that the regular people will suffer from this lack of good gouvernement.

  34. Aaaaaand this was posted two years ago. Becoming an adult in the US and learning about what’s been going on is insanely stressful.

  35. I'm laughing so hard rn, "toxic avenger" was featured on the last season's an episode of the German TV show "the worst movies of all time" (=SchleFaZ) 😀

  36. hey i went to the same high school as that lady lol not at the same time tho, its very ghetto now. i dont have cancer however

  37. The shuttered reactor in California was decommissioned because like the one in Zion Illinois & the 3 that are currently melting down & on their way into the water table under Japan, They are MOX fuel reactors the cheapest unsafe pieces of crap ever contrived & the waste is the most radioactive of all. The one in Zion is less than 10 miles from a fault line & on the banks of Lake Michigan! Have a Nice Day!

  38. (unless I'm mistaken) there are molten salt reactor designs that reuse spent nuclear waste. Seeing as we're spending billions/year in storage fees, why not give federal grants to build those reactors and get cheap energy in return?

  39. Yeah; But we don't have to worry about all that, cause, well: "Gawd takes care of the bigger picture," right? (thus a literal quote from a few years ago, of a USofA congress person, justifying why his side yet again torpedoed yet another world wide intention agreement to at least try and address such environmental issues).

  40. And I thought me not cleaning my room for months was bad, US government has been procrastinating for 40 years
    Suddenly my room full of, none nuclear, waste doesn't look as bad XD

  41. where was the stuff mined just put it back the area it came from is still radio active adding it back to that site that is off limits now will still be radio active the current gov. will only disagree u less there is a trump tower going up

  42. 0:56 love how people have to associate Nuclear Energy with Nuclear Weapons. Nuclear power is good and safe and is virtually clean. It produces a ton of electricity and can help solve our issue with Global Climate Change. Wish people were not so blind.

  43. Yucca Mountain! Yes wish the federal government would allow waste to be stored there but Republicans and Democrats are both stupid when it comes to nuclear power

  44. Federal Government needs to put it in Yucca Mountain. Its easy… all we need to do is vote for people who know anything about nuclear power and science

  45. fun fact the nazis scientist who's assistant brought the details on nuclear electricity that led to nuclear weapons and his direct military superior knew about the possibility of the weapon and they thought it was a horrible evil idea and soooo exactly in the end what does that make the USA especially since they used it on cities…

  46. the fact that the us still has this issue just points out that there is a large flaw in the us' method of government where one party undoes the others actions until the end of time.

  47. Bili Gates prapare new plan of
    nuclear power plant where is no wasting plutonium more safty. You can use cels fuel created from radioactive waste. And we do nothing idiots in governments over the world.

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