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A Canadian company wants to start dumping its nuclear waste next to Lake Huron

  • You can’t see them, but they’re there: chambers of radioactive waste buried deep beneath the earth’s surface, hiding as time slowly defuses their deadly contents.
  • Known as deep geological repositories, they’re the underground storage facilities nuclear power companies build to house the toxic byproducts they produce.
  • The deeper down they’re buried, the more radioactive their concealed troves are likely to be.
  • And now, a Canadian nuclear plant is hoping to receive approval to build the deepest one ever proposed in North America, less than a mile from the shores of the Great Lakes. Read more

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FIRST PAGE!!!! I hope to get the second page if not next week– because of final exams– the week after when semester two starts up. Also i have a drawing test for Seneca’s animation program tomorrow so just a heads up if you don’t see me im probably ripping my own head off working on a bunch of portfolios for college. It’s fine i am having fun just drawing tbh. And one more thing, after i post 3 pages of this i will begin tagging this comic on my blog, ill be going back on this post to put Previous and Next links, and maybe ill start a comic archive on my blog page. things to watch out for.

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Uranium Disposal Cells of the American Southwest

Uranium disposal cells are unusual constructions because they are built to last far beyond the lives of most engineered structures, to isolate their radioactive contents from the environment for hundreds of years. They are generally low geometric mounds, sometimes as high as a hundred feet tall, covering a few acres or as much as a half mile, and composed of layers of engineered soil and gravels designed to shed rainwater and limit erosion, in order to take their contents, intact, away from the present and as far into the future as possible. Indeed, most of the radiation comes from uranium 238, which has a half life of 4.47 billion years, nearly the age of the earth itself. Many of the piles were made by contractors for the Department of Energy in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the government took over handling the wastes left by companies, in some cases bankrupted by the process, or otherwise no longer existing or accountable. The government was the reason these sites existed in the first place, since in the early years of the industry they were the only customer for uranium–using it to build atomic bombs.

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Arbel Symétric, 1958. As it is Geneva Motor Show I thought it would be fun to look at some of the cars which have debuted at Geneva which have not made it. Arbel cars were produced by the Compagnie Normande d'Etudes pour l'Application de Procédés Mécaniques. In 1958 they displayed the Symétric, an experimental prototype which was to be powered by a “genestatom”, a 40-KW nuclear thermal generator using radioactive cartridges made of nuclear waste. The French government did not approve the use of nuclear fuel and no development took place. The company went into debt and never recovered

This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste – and it’s leaking

The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands is a hulking legacy of years of US nuclear testing. Now locals and scientists are warning that rising sea levels caused by climate change could cause 111,000 cubic yards of debris to spill into the ocean

Black seabirds circle high above the giant concrete dome that rises from a tangle of green vines just a few paces from the lapping waves of the Pacific. Half buried in the sand, the vast structure looks like a downed UFO.

At the summit, figures carved into the weathered concrete state only the year of construction: 1979. Officially, this vast structure is known as the Runit Dome. Locals call it The Tomb.

Below the 18-inch concrete cap rests the United States’ cold war legacy to this remote corner of the Pacific Ocean: 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive debris left behind after 12 years of nuclear tests.

“Runit Dome represents a tragic confluence of nuclear testing and climate change,” said Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, who visited the dome in 2010.

“It resulted from US nuclear testing and the leaving behind of large quantities of plutonium,” he said. “Now it has been gradually submerged as result of sea level rise from greenhouse gas emissions by industrial countries led by the United States.”

In total, 67 nuclear and atmospheric bombs were detonated on Enewetak and Bikini between 1946 and 1958 – an explosive yield equivalent to 1.6 Hiroshima bombs detonated every day over the course of 12 years.

The detonations blanketed the islands with irradiated debris, including Plutonium-239, the fissile isotope used in nuclear warheads, which has a half-life of 24,000 years.

From: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/03/runit-dome-pacific-radioactive-waste

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An underground garbage fire is burning right next to a nuclear waste site — and little is being done

Up to 200 feet of rotting garbage is slowly burning underground thanks to an uncontrolled fire at the Bridgeton Landfill outside St. Louis, resulting in a constant stench. But worse is the fire’s proximity to the neighboring 200-acre West Lake Landfill Superfund site full of radioactive waste from World War II-era nuclear bomb tests. Residents are calling on the EPA to do more, but it may be a complete no-win disaster.