Nuclear Legacy Essay

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'There is 10 thousand tons of nuclear waste on Earth.' Many scientist are insearch for new and efficient ways to dispose of these lethal by-products which candestroy life itself. Radioactive products can be either beneficial or devastating. It alldepends on how we use them. In the field of medicine, some benefit from radiationinclude, radiation therapy for cancer patients. Not all uses of radiation prove to bebeneficial. Many use the power of the atom for destructive purposes, introducing anage of nuclear warfare. It doesn't matter if we use radiation for good or bad purposes,they all contribute to the growing rate of 'unwanted nuclear waste.' The issue now is,how do we dispose of these ...view middle of the document...

'This makes it the worst of site,' says the geologist. Ifthe Colombia River is contaminated with nuclear waste, it will lead to the contaminationof land surrounding the large body of water, thus making land unusable. Radioactivecontamination of the Colombia river will affect both America's economy andagricultural production.Yuka mountain, Nevada is a heavily guarded desert region of America. It is faraway from any lakes, rivers, or oceans, and its repository is located above ground waterlevels. These geological conditions make Yuka mountain an almost perfect place fornuclear waste disposal to take place. This is due to the possibilities of earthquakesoccurring quite frequently within this area. It is said by the geologist that 'if anearthquake was likely to occur, it will only shake the nuclear materials, not enough tomake them leak.' Yuka mountain is unfortunately located 70 miles from Las Vegas,Nevada, a widely known tourist attraction. Thus making Yuka mountain an unsoundplace for nuclear disposal.Defsmith, Texas is known as the 'most productive city in Texas'. The farmersfrom Defsmith rely on the Ogallala aquifer as a source of water for agricultural growth.If a radioactive disposal site is created in this city, a large pipe extending through theOgallala aquifer will have to be built, thus threatening the rich and fertile farmland. Theconstruction of a disposal site will also affect the genetic pureness of the seeds whichfarmers waited so long to obtain. So much value will be lost if a disposal site were to becreated in Defsmith, making it not worth completing.If I was a member of the Department of Energy and had to choose one of thesesites, I would have to choose Yuka mountain, Nevada for its ideal geologicalconditions. This area is widely uninhabited and does not pose a danger to the groundwater supply. If earthquakes occur, not much would happen, as the geologist stated.Although Yuka mountain is 70 miles from Las Vegas, I would try to have the cityevacuated and moved to a more safeguarded location. thus making Yuka mountain the'most reliable' nuclear waste disposal site of the three.If I was a member of the Department of Energy and...

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