VIDEO: Nuclear Waste and the Race for Resources by energyNOW! [ASSURAS] Thousands of tons of waste from nuclear power plants. Who wants that in their back yard? Could salt caverns deep below the surface be the safest solution? [...]
An environment vs. energy debate has been heating up over the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Western Pennsylvania. Eventually, we expect the debate to arrive in eastern Ohio. The debate is mostly about a practice called “hydrofracking,” or just “fracking.” Fracking involves injecting water (“hydro”) into the [...]
Spent nuclear fuel is about 95 percent uranium. About 1 percent are other heavy elements such as curium, americium and plutonium-239, best known as fuel for nuclear weapons. Each has an extremely long half-life — some take hundreds of thousands of years to lose all of their radioactive potency. The rest, about 4 percent, is a cocktail of byproducts of fission that break down over much shorter time periods, such as cesium-137 and strontium-90, which break down completely in about 300 years.