Published On: Sun, Aug 31st, 2014

Federal Government At A Loss For Disposing of Current Nuclear Waste Stores

In an effort to clean up America, the United States government seeks ways to transport tons of radioactive waste from nuclear power plants across the country to various nearby disposal sites.

Or, wait, the government already has the trains; the trains just have nowhere to go and no cars to haul.

Such is the current nuclear dilemma the U.S. Department of Energy faces as they plead with national companies for ideas on how they can get more rail cars to transport each of the 150-ton casks of used, volatile, radioactive waste. They expect the cars could last 30 years but they want to know if consumers—or maybe experts that don’t already work for the government?—think they should buy or lease the rail cars.

Radioactive waste
Whether it is a lack of response or a lack of manpower, apparently the Obama administration isn’t planning to move the trains anytime soon, even if they did have the cars. After all, the latest government plan is to build or use an existing interim storage site—but not until 2021—as they wait for a new geologic depository that should be ready by 2048.

Whether they are building a new geologic depository or plan to alter an existing site is also unclear at this time. And nobody knows where any of these sites could possibly be. Still, even amidst the confusion the Obama administration continues to plan, develop, write contracts, and test new equipment in anticipation that the answers will come.

“Digging your well before your thirsty” really only works when you still have water to drink. Where are we going to put all the waste we already have?

Of course, the U.S. Department of Energy hasn’t commented on the issue, but they do share responsibility for disposing of the waste with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Comission.

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