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  • International Nuclear Waste Transportation

    Controversies surrounding the transportation of radioactive wastes and other nuclear materials have left their mark on the political landscape, and not only within the United States. In the past 18 months, high-level radioactive waste and fuel shipments between France and Japan, within Germany, from Asia through the state of California, and from the Republic of Georgia to Scotland have all led to vocal opposition at a number of levels and much adverse publicity.
  • Weirder than Roswell: Dumping Nuclear Waste in New Mexico's Desert

    Weinberg profiles the debate over the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico, an underground site slated to become a nuclear waste storage facility. Critics argue the site is geologically unstable, while the federal government (specifically the Department of Energy) insists it is safe.
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    National Journal investigates the problems of where to dump low-level nuclear waste. Not a single new waste site has been built since 1980 because environmentalists and states have been clashing with feds, utilities, hospitals and research companies that produce waste over whether or not the waste can be disposed of in their states.
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    If the USDA, the nuclear industry, and the food industry have their way, nuking food to kill bacteria like e. coli and salmonella will become standard operating procedure. Z Magazine investigates the controversy over irradiation of consumer food as part of the government's attempt to extend foods' shelf life and solve a food safety crisis in the United States. (May 1996)
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    More than 28,000 metric tons of extremely lethal spent nuclear fuel are currently simmering in steel-lined concrete pools at commercial storage sites spread across 32 states. Rolling Stone magazine investigates plans to dump the nuclear waste on an Apache Indian reservation in New Mexico. The controversy has split Apaches among those who want tribal lands preserved and those who see a tremendous economic opportunity in turning their reservation into a nuclear waste dump. (June 13, 1996)
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    In These Times investigates how despite talk of reform, the Department of Energy is still awarding contracts for nuclear waste cleanup to defense companies with track records of fraud and abuse. While turning a blind eye to waste fraud and abuse, DOE allowed big contractors to set prices, cover expenses and withdraw money from the federal treasury with almost no oversight. (Sept. 16, 1996)
  • The Superfund Saga

    The National Journal reports that in 1980, Congress passed the Superfund law to clean up hazardous waste sites from coast to coast. However, it has spawned a tangled mess of legal complications and bureaucratic red tape. The question now is: should the Superfund be repaired, completely overhauled or scrapped?
  • Out of Sight, Out of Our Minds: 12,001 A.D.: Are you listening?

    The New York Times Magazine reports that "Rushing to bury nuclear waste doesn't take the problem off future Americans' hands so much as it takes the solution out of their hands....The United States, however, is impatient to entomb those wastes once and for all, even though many experts say that there are no compelling technical reasons for doing so anytime soon.... Underground burial, whatever its technical and political merits, reflects a kind of natural logic....(but) It is obvious that the decision to concentrate on Yucca Mountain did not issue from any serious comparative technical research..."
  • High-level Waste, Low-level logic

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reports that "After much political tugging and pulling, Congress directed in 1987 that the list of possible (nuclear waste disposal) sites be narrowed to one. Yucca Mountain, located on the Nuclear Test Site in Nevada, would be the only location evaluated for the repository. To date, the United States has spent more than $3 billion studying - or "characterizing" - the proposed Yucca Mountain site. If scientists eventually find it acceptable, and if it survives the legal and political battle that would follow its selection, sometime early in the next century the United States would become the first country to begin permanent geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel from nuclear reactors."
  • Poison in the Ground Water: Uranium Cleanup Bombs at D.O.E

    The Nation reports that "...the Department of Energy touts its Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action project as a rare success story in the otherwise depressing saga of nuclear waste cleanup... But instead of representing government at its best, UMTRA is looking more like one of those $400 hammers - a necessary but wildly overpriced item of questionable quality..."