Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Is there a Nuke in Your Neighborhood? – Sierra Club, Ohio Chapter
Operating Nuclear Reactors
There are currently 100 operating reactors and 15 shuttered power reactor sites. In addition to being allowed to have routine radioactive releases to the air and water, all have had numerous accidents and radioactive spills. All are high-level radioactive nuclear waste storage sites. The fuel pools of operating plants are overcrowded with as much as 5 times as many irradiated fuel rods (high-level waste) as they were designed to hold. Dry casks holding older fuel are aging dangerously. The Sierra Club’s position is that the first solution to waste is to stop making it. Safer Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel is urgently needed. For a more detailed analysis see Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage.