Do you know the dirty side of the nuclear industry? After researching this article by brainz.org, we were shocked to find out how truly awful our radioactive waste problem is and how it is going to be hurting us all, for a long time to come. Please take the time to read the links below, share this with your friends, and discuss solutions to these problems. ~ Climate Viewer News
This list is not a definitive TOP TEN, it is simply ten very disgusting examples of nuclear warfare against the citizens of this world. CV News is attempting to compile a top twenty list, help us out by submitting your “most radioactive” links here.
More news on radioactive waste can be found on our RadChick Radiation Research and Mitigation page.
While the 2011 earthquake and worries surrounding Fukushima have brought the threat of radioactivity back into the public consciousness, many people still don’t realize that radioactive contamination is a worldwide danger. Radionuclides are in the top six toxic threats as listed in the 2010 report by The Blacksmith Institute, an NGO dedicated to tackling pollution. You might be surprised by the locations of some of the world’s most radioactive places — and thus the number of people living in fear of the effects radiation could have on them and their children.
10. Hanford, USA
The Hanford Site, in Washington, was an integral part of the US atomic bomb project, manufacturing plutonium for the first nuclear bomb and “Fat Man,” used at Nagasaki. As the Cold War waged on, it ramped up production, supplying plutonium for most of America’s 60,000 nuclear weapons. Although decommissioned, it still holds two thirds of the volume of the country’s high-level radioactive waste — about 53 million gallons of liquid waste, 25 million cubic feet of solid waste and 200 square miles of contaminated groundwater underneath the area, making it the most contaminated site in the US. The environmental devastation of this area makes it clear that the threat of radioactivity is not simply something that will arrive in a missile attack, but could be lurking in the heart of your own country. More information available at the Hanford Site, Department of Energy website.
- America’s Atomic Time Bomb: Hanford Nuclear Waste Still Poses Serious Risks, SPIEGEL ONLINE
- Half Life—The Lethal Legacy of America’s Nuclear Waste, National Geographic
- Radioactive Waste Contamination of Soil and Groundwater at the Hanford Site, University of Idaho
- A New Analysis Triples U.S. Plutonium Waste Figures, NYTimes.com
Hanford related disaster alerts:
- Nuclear Event in USA on Saturday, 28 July, 2007 at 17:38 (05:38 PM) UTC
- HAZMAT in USA on Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 at 03:13 (03:13 AM) UTC.
- HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 14 February, 2012 at 04:14 (04:14 AM) UTC.
- HAZMAT in USA on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 at 03:18 (03:18 AM) UTC.
- Environment Pollution in USA on Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 at 03:17 (03:17 AM) UTC.
- Environment Pollution in USA on Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 at 16:09 (04:09 PM) UTC.
- HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 08 January, 2013 at 08:18 (08:18 AM) UTC.
- HAZMAT in USA on Saturday, 22 June, 2013 at 04:33 (04:33 AM) UTC.
- Nuclear Event in USA on Friday, 23 August, 2013 at 15:22 (03:22 PM) UTC.