Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Nuclear waste. The worst type of garbage
for raccoons to get into. Now, it’s a substance
that we all know is dangerous thanks to movies like this. NARRATOR:They tormented him
until he had a horrifying
accident and fell into a bag
of nuclear waste.
Melvin became
The Toxic Avenger,
the first superhero born
out of nuclear waste.
-His face is so terrifying…
…we can’t show it to you now.
You’ll have to see the movie
for yourself.
Honestly, you really don’t need
to see the movie, ’cause… his face isn’t really
that terrifying. This is it. I mean it’s bad, but its–
it’s so ugly, it’s almost cute again. It’s like– it’s like someone
melted a candle shaped -like a pug.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) But– but the point here is nuclear waste, the radioactive
and toxic byproducts from making nuclear energy
and weapons is a serious health hazard,
and America has a lot of it. ANCHOR:There are more than
71,000 tons of nuclear waste
at the nation’s 104 reactors.
Put all those
spent fuel rods together,
and you get a pile
as big as a football field
and more than 20 feet tall.Or you could put them
in a pile as big as two football fields
and ten feet tall or half a football field
and 40 feet tall. Or 20 football fields,
one foot tall. The point is, we have a lot of
nuclear waste and it’s very fun -to play with.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And look, that is just the waste
from nuclear energy. We also have more than
100 million gallons of hazardous liquid waste
from producing weapons. And you may live closer
to nuclear waste than you think. One out of three Americas lives
within 50 miles of high level nuclear waste. Some of which, like plutonium,
is lethally dangerous, and will be– will be around
for an incredibly long time. NARRATOR:Even microscopic
amounts of plutonium,
if ingested, are deadly.One of the characteristics
of it is it has an extremely long half-life. Plutonium 239, for example,
has a half life of about 24,000 years. It’s true, 24,000 years and that
just scratches the surface. It takes ten half-lives
for plutonium to become harmless so that’s 240,000 years. A unit of time more commonly
known as one English patient. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And as any adult with
an American girl doll collection eventually finds out,
if you wanna keep something around for a disturbingly
long time, you have got to find an appropriate place to put it. “I cannot live
with your murder dolls anymore. Felicity stares at me
while I sleep! She stares at me!” -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS, CHEERS)
-“She stares unblinking!” And look, I’m not the first person
to make this point. Look at this news report
from 1990. NARRATOR:
Almost half a century
after nuclear power
was harnessed,
there still is no agreement
on where to store the waste.
“We have built the house,”
said one critic,
“and forgotten the toilets.”-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-A home… with no toilets. Or as a realtor
selling a Brooklyn loft is calling it right now,
“artisanal composting.” Wait. You’re suggesting that
I shit in that potted plant while you and I both know that
I will do that ’cause this is convenient
to public transport, and has both northern
and eastern exposures. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) But look, it– it has been
27 years since that clip and our country still doesn’t
have a nuclear toilet. And that is
our subject tonight. Why do we not have
a nuclear toilet? And it’s actually easy
to understand how we got into this situation.
Because during World War Two, we rushed to develop nuclear
weapons because we were trying to defeat the Nazis, who, fun fact, pretty much
all Americans agreed were bad -at the time.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Anyway, the– the thing is, we didn’t really have
a plan on what to do with all the radioactive
byproducts that we produced. And this initially led us to some mind-blowingly
stupid solutions. For instance, for years,
we actually did this… MAN:They loaded the, uh,radioactive waste and it was
in barrels, 55 gallon barrels, of, uh, radioactive waste
with concrete poured over it. It’s funny, the ocean
don’t glow out there outside of Red Bank, New Jersey.
(CHUCKLES) Really. ‘Cause we dumped
a lot of barrels out there. -(AUDIENCE GASPS)
-That is true. We didn’t just dump barrels
of radioactive waste in the ocean, we did it
off the coast of New Jersey. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) That is so horrifying! I’m surprised thatJersey Shore
was the title of a lighthearted MTV series, and not the name
of a harrowing documentary. An entire generation of children
was born without thumbs, a phenomenon known
to locals as… -“The Situation.”
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And, incidentally, not all of those barrels sank.
In fact, in 1957, when two barrels were
caught floating off the shore, naval aircraft were summoned
to strafe them with machine-gun fire
until they sank. That’s right. They shot barrels full
of nuclear waste with machine guns! That’s got to be one of the most
terrifying sentences ever said out loud, right after, “Donald Trump is
the president now,” and, “Wait, wasn’t Felicity
on a different shelf when we went to bed last night? Oh, my God!
Felicity is a waking nightmare!” (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Oh! Well, the truth is, tossing
barrel-fulls of nuclear waste into the ocean and shooting them with machine guns is actually
preferable to at least one genuine other idea
that was thankfully rejected, and that was blasting it
into space. A concept
with a pretty clear flaw. WOMAN:Unfortunately,we don’t have a great recordwith getting rockets
out into the atmosphere.
If any one of them blew up,that would basically contaminatea large portion of the Earth
with radioactive material.
not a great idea.
-Yeah. You’re right. That’s probably
not a great idea. I mean, a really great idea
would be also filling the rockets up with confetti,
so at least that way if there’s a horrific accident,
there’s also a party! (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Now, over the years, we have
dumped nuclear waste all over the country and in many places,
there’ve been frightening leaks. Take the Savannah River Site
in South Carolina, where waste from poorly-stored
material leaked into the ground water. And just watch this alarmingly
laid back man explain the consequences of that. MAN:There are radioactive
alligators on the site.
(STUDIO AUDIENCE LAUGHS) MAN:Radioactive materials are
in the sediments.
-(CLANGING) MAN:It’s gonna go
up the food chain and…
there’s gonna be
radioactive alligators.
-Yeah. Radioactive alligators! They even have names, Tritagator and Dioxinator, after two of the wastes
that poisoned them. And that’s actually very clever, because if I had
to give them names, I don’t know, I’d probably
have gone with something like, (SCREAMS) “Holy Shit! A Fucking
Radioactive Alligator!” And, “Oh No, Fuck Me,
There’s Another One! What Nightmare
Hath God Wrought?” And it’s not just reptiles
who’ve been impacted by nuclear waste.
Researchers are now studying an area in North St. Louis
County, Missouri, where tons of waste
from the Manhattan project was improperly stored,
some near a creek that winds through
residential communities, and people who live there have
noticed some alarming trends. JENELL WRIGHT:I got on Facebook
in order to reconnect
with people from high school…And we all immediately
started noticing that so many
of us were sick.
We’ve discovered that
the Department
of Veterans Affairs
officially recognizes around 21
cancers associated with exposure
to ionizing radiation,
and compared that list
to what we had.We had all of those cancers,
every single one.
That is an incredibly
depressing thing to discover on Facebook and it’s– it’s hard
to know how to respond. I mean, you definitely
don’t want to use the “like” button, because… then it looks
like you really like the fact they just got cancer. Now, there is
that new sad emoji, which would really be perfect if you hadn’t already cheapened
it by using it to respond to the news that Chris Pratt
and Anna Faris were separating. I mean, it is sad. It is sad.
But it is not “21-cancer” sad. It’s “nine-cancer” sad.
Tops. The point is, thankfully,
60 years ago, our government
and the scientific consensus came up with a solution. In 1957, the National Academy
of Sciences issued a report urging the creation
of a permanent storage facility deep underground.
Basically, a nuclear toilet. And while we did build
a repository for lower-level waste
in New Mexico, we still haven’t built one for the most dangerous,
high-level waste. And, as a result, it’s
essentially been left wherever it was made.
Which is not good, because those facilities
were not built with the idea that they would be
storing waste indefinitely. So, to continue the toilet
metaphor, we’ve basically been shitting
in bags, leaving them
all over the house, and praying
that they don’t leak. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And the most frightening
example of this is the Hanford Site
in Washington state, which created two third
of the plutonium in the US arsenal
and is currently storing 56 million gallons
of highly toxic and radioactive waste
underground. And over the years, there have been so many issues
at Hanford, that they’ve achieved
a dubious honor, as one local
new-station reported, with an almost prideful tone. ANCHOR:The most contaminated
place in the entire
Western Hemisphere isn’t
at a polluting factory
or an old chemical plant.It’s right here
in Washington State.
Oh! “It’s right here!
We did it guys! Washington State, home
to the most contaminated place in the Western Hemisphere, thousands of acres
of apple orchards, and several of Ted Bundy’s
grizzliest murders. We did it! Right here!” There have been a string
of problems at Hanford, from explosions,
to toxic vapor releases, to over a million gallons
of waste leaking out of their tanks
over the years. It has been so bad,
the government has had to pay out nearly
one and a half billion dollars in compensation to thousands
of workers for illnesses stemming from exposure
to radiation and toxic chemicals there. A local news station has done
a series of reports on Hanford, and after a tunnel
collapse this May, they found some of
the infrastructure there is almost comically badly
put together. ANCHOR:Mistakes during
construction are factors
in the dangerous state
of the tunnels.
They’re 55 and 60 years old,well beyond their expected
life span.
In addition, wood beams holding
up the tunnels are eroding,
and what corrodes timber beams?
Yeah! You can’t build something
out of wood and expect it to last forever. You’re supposed
to have learned that from the second dumbest
of the Three Little Pigs. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Hanford… Hanford is
a gigantic problem. And even though it hasn’t
produced anything for 30 years, the Department of Energy
still spends nearly two and a half billion
dollars a year on cleaning it up, which is
close to ten percent of its annual budget. And it is pretty weird to find out that a place
you just heard about is getting that much
of the DOE’s money. It’s like finding out that half
the Department of Agriculture budget goes to this moose
named Gordon. I mean, I don’t know
the right amount, -but that seems like a lot.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And in case you’re thinking,
“Well I’m definitely glad that I don’t live near Hanford,” remember there are nuclear
power plants storing waste all over the country,
lots of it in so-called “spent fuel pools.” That’s where nuclear
fuel rods are supposed to be temporarily placed to cool down, and then put
into dry containers, and then moved to permanent
underground storage sites. But remember,
we don’t have one of those. And in many places those pools
are just accumulating more and more rods. And while experts say
it’s highly unlikely, if a Fukushima-like accident
happens at one of those, the results could be
catastrophic. ANCHOR:
The northeast has a number
of nuclear power plants,
including the Indian Point plant
just outside of New York City.
If any one of those
were to have
a severe
spent fuel pool accident,
you’re taking away
a lot of big cities,
a lot of farm lands,
a lot of the United States,
for decades, perhaps centuries.That’s right,
lots of big cities. New York, Hartford, Boston. And that last one is
a real shame, ’cause as I understand it,
they only just got un-racist yesterday. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-So… I mean, at least they could get
to enjoy their new life. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-So… So, look, it is pretty clear
we need to find a permanent facility to store
our most dangerous waste. And 30 years ago,
we actually settled on a site, Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Congress passed a law
designating it as our sole candidate
for waste storage. Now since then,
we’ve spent 15 billion dollars prepping the site, as you can see
from this rather upbeat video. NARRATOR:Located
about 100 miles
northwest of Las Vegas,Yucca mountain is the most
thoroughly researched site
of its kind in the world.Experts throughout the world
agree that the most
feasible and safe methodfor disposing
of highly radioactive materials
is to store them
deep underground.
That’s right.
The best place to put nuclear waste is
in a hole deep underground. Much like Felicity. Wait. Wait, if she’s not there,
where is she? -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-Ah, Jesus fucking Christ! Fuck me! Jesus! Fucking–
-It’s alright. It’s okay. I’m fine. It’s fine. The point is… So, Yucca mountain
is our permanent storage site. So the problem is solved,
right? Well, no! Because while the site
has been deemed safe, and the people
in the immediate area, Nye County,
actually support the project, many Nevadans elsewhere
in the state really don’t want it. And their former senator,
Harry Reed, lobbied hard, eventually managing
to get Yucca shot down. Now, to be fair, he did have
an alternative plan for all the states sitting
on their nuclear waste, but to put it mildly, it was not exactly
scientifically-sound. Leave it on site, where it is. Leave it where it is,
and dry cast storage containers. If you were smart,
what you would do is, uh… leave this… leave it where it is. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS) “If you’re smart,
what you would do is leave the thing where it is”
is terrible advice for dealing with nuclear waste. Although, it is coincidentally the title of Britain’s
bestselling book on parenting. -But… But…
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Here… Here is the truth. the scientific consensus
for decades has been that leaving it where
it is is a really bad idea. The shutted power plant
at San Onofre, in California, is storing nuclear waste,
and it’s on a fault line right next to the ocean. And that sounds like
something you learn in the first scene of a movie
starring The Rock that you watch on a plane. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-And look, maybe Yucca is the best place to store our growing supply
of radioactive garbage. Maybe it’s not. I am not a nuclear scientist.
I just have the face of one. -(AUDIENCE LAUGHS)
-And… And our– Our new energy secretary,
Rick Perry… yes, Rick Perry… has said that he is
optimistic about fixing the whole problem,
which does sound great. Although, he didn’t exactly do
a great job at dealing with this disaster. ♪ (UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING) ♪ (STUDIO AUDIENCE LAUGHS) Yeah, that was him
onDancing with the Stars,and on the basis of that,
managing volatile energy is not really his forte. But here’s the thing.
We’ve been saying that we are going to fix this
for decades now, and we seem to be no closer
to a solution. And let me show you something that really drove that fact
home to us, because we’ve
been researching this story for a couple of weeks now,
and just yesterday afternoon, we stumbled on a TV special
from 1977, the year that I was born. ♪ (MUSIC PLAYING) ♪ NARRATOR:
NBC News presents…
Danger! Radioactive Waste. Yeah, this problem is so old they reported on it back when
the news was kept in an America-shaped vault
that you had to open with a crank. As we watched that yesterday,
we gradually and chillingly realized that
by pure coincidence it hits every beat of the story
that we just told you. It opens with footage
of sailors throwing barrels into the ocean. It looks at the facilities
at Hanford. It talks about radiation’s
impact on workers and on families
who live nearby. And while it doesn’t have
a radioactive alligator, it does have radioactive cows. Which is– which is still good.
Although, I did prefer our alligator. I liked it when he went…
-But– But the most chilling moment in that documentary might be
the one where they sit down with someone in authority,
and demand to know exactly when this will be fixed. NARRATOR:When you ask
when the problem will be solved,
you get answers like this.WOMAN: What’s the realistic
time table? Realistic time table
is scheduled to have a repository in operation
by 1985, with the selection of the sites
by the end of 1978 for detailed work. Exactly. Nuclear waste is a problem
we were supposed to have dealt with in the 1980’s
and still cannot solve, much like this Rubik’s Cube
that I always carry with me. You are my Jean Valjean,
cube, and, one day, -I shall defeat you.
-(AUDIENCE LAUGHS) And at the end
of that special, remember, 40 years ago, the correspondent
delivers this special message. The waste
increases every minute. The solution of where
to put it is years away.And none of the previous
solutions has worked.
We are accustomed
in this country to act
only in times of crisis.But with nuclear waste,when the crisis comes,
it will be too late.
And that was
from four decades ago. We have already waited way
too long to resolve this issue. And we are dancing
with trouble here. So if any one says
the government can just continue to wait, they are much like
a house with no toilet. Absolutely full of shit. (AUDIENCE LAUGHS, APPLAUDS)

100 thoughts on “Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)”

  1. Why don't they just send everything to Chernobyl, that place is contaminated anyways. Instead of storing it everywhere they want, just use one place that is contaminated already.

  2. i live in the tri-cities, which is less than 50 miles away from Hanford. everyone I've ever spoken to about Hanford has told me its entirely safe and they are responsibly keeping the waste in underground tanks. when i was young, we had STEM speakers encouraging us to grow up and work for the Hanford site. i feel so lied to and i am disgusted by me home. I cannot even begin to understand how someone could knowingly lie to the thousands of people in direct danger from this insane amount of pollution. I feel this is similar to Chernobyl, though not nearly as bad.

  3. After watching this show, i started to google nuclear waste. this is what i found its true. Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail Weldon Spring, Missouri.

  4. Launching radioactive waste into space is actually a fantastic idea, you just don't do it using rockets. Instead you use maglev launch systems. It's significantly cheaper at $750/lbs vs $4000/lbs for rockets and could eventually drop below $100/lbs.

  5. 4:56 for people in my area, the most terrifying sentence is: the US is coming to Latinoamérica again, for the couple hundredth time

  6. I can't believe he actually talked about Hanford. Wow. Hanford is how this Washington kid knew the simpsons were from the PAC west.
    Thing about Hanford construction….it was not intended to stay. The scientists knew it would but the rest, they just didn't seem to get that once a reactor is up that's it. It's going. At least from what I read. So, when the Chicago Project is moved…it's moved quickly and, with a LOT of complaints from scientists and other. It's crazy it's still going and hasn't leaked even more ??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️ ugh. All for a bomb we didn't need in the end

  7. I live in southeast Connecticut where one of the nuclear power plants is. my school system is legally required to send out a permission slip at the beginning of every school year just in case the power plant does an oopsie and releases a hell storm of nuclear waste or energy and the school can give us some sort of injection in an attempt to protect us…

  8. That really doesn’t seem like that much…I mean wow, nearly 100 years of nuclear production and only a football field 20 feet high? That is shockingly little

  9. The Fifth Risk, by Michael Lewis. John Oliver stumbles across this…it's actually a problem that people need to know about and that the US government doesn't want to know about…because then they'd have to admit that they know it's a danger.

  10. A major problem that came up in the 70s & 80s, when there were a few long-term storage sites opened up (whether they were safe is another matter) is transportation. Protesters lined the railroad tracks, sometimes blocking the tracks because they didn't want the stuff being transported past their homes. No matter where we want to put it, that very human problem will always be there – NIMBY. We are no smarter than we were in the 50s. We wanted cheap electricity then without understanding the consequences. Now we understand the consequences, but we are unwilling to address them. Even recapture programs will probably fail because no one wants a train full of spent fuel rods going through their town on the way to Oak Ridge, or wherever they would do that work. As I understand, those rods are mostly U238, U235, and Pu239, all of which make our favorite warheads these days. They can also be recombined to make mixed fuel rods, which most reactors can use. "Silly human, silly human race…"

    BTW Plutonium (any isotope), even without the radiation hazard, is incredibly dangerous. Tiny amounts are fatally toxic chemically.

  11. I like the subject and learning, but this guy tries way too hard to be funny. Too many "that's like" comparisons, laugh track, yelling, etc.

  12. Thanks John for trying to make people more aware of this country’s biggest domestic security threat! People in CT. Yankee’s dry cask storage is also on a fault line, in E Haddam, on the river, that leads to the ocean..

  13. Very interesting that he uses a plural verb with "a string of problems" and a singular verb talking about "tons" of something or other. This is not to correct grammar, but to point out an interesting phenomenon in British English.

  14. I know this video is (while writing) a year old. I watch them all because I'm wondering what America is up to next. Best. Comedy. Program. Until you realize this is not Comedy.

  15. Perhaps if we quietly moved the drums and other containers of nuclear waste to the basements of all the House and Senate office buildings in Washington D.C.?

  16. Thorium powered molten fluoride salt reactors not only burn Thorium, but they can also process the used radioactive waste and extract any unused fuel left in it. The waste that is leftover from that utilization only has a half-life of three hundred years and can be contained and rendered safe in a much shorter time span. The progress on these reactors has gained worldwide attention and India already has a Thorium plant although it isn't a molten salt reactor. Molten salt reactors are walk away safe. They have a passive safety system that activates when all energy is lost. They cannot melt down because the fuel is already melted.

  17. Push for Bernie and/or Tulsi so we get some semblance of a Green New Deal from which no such unsustainable nonsense would be allowed to be continued. We could be living a real dream with a green collar economy, so let’s end this nuclear nightmare

  18. BTW the powers of bioremediation with forests/plants, mushrooms & microbes is great and largely untried here. Another reason for Green New Deal. For posterity

  19. This guy has no idea of history :/ Americans were Nazi's! Americans were the reason Nazi germany could grow this big! You adored Hitler

  20. Thing is if they wanted tonthey could renew and reuse the old rods like other countries do. But of course the guys selling the new stuff have good lobbyist.

  21. Seems to be typical American ideology – to have something before anybody else has it and having no idea how to take care of it.

  22. Living within 50 miles from a nuclear plant with nuclear waste gives less radiation than eating a banana. It’s completely harmless and John Oliver is working himself up for nothing. It staying there is really a non issue

  23. Years after being dumped, two of the hundreds of 55 gallon barrels of Nuclear Waste suddenly floated up and surfaced off the coast of New Jersey, so the Navy sent in fighter aircraft to strafe them with machine gun fire until they sank again lol why, you might ask?!

    Because; AMERICA! ??

  24. There is the place in Colorado called Rocky flats. It contains nuclear waste and it used to be a nuclear munitions plant. Now they turned it into a park, open to the public. Who wants to take a hike? There are several communities that are within a few miles of the site. They have dust blowing around with radioactive particles. Most of the people who live near rocky flats have no idea that it used to be a nuclear munitions plant decades ago. And the houses there are ridiculously over priced. As many are.

  25. As a working Civil Engineer I must say whoever came with the dumb idea to use wood as beams to hold up the tunnels either did that on purpose to cause danger or they are just that stupid. I did inspection for tunnels before and it's usually 13 inch+ walls with rebar everywhere.

  26. Deep Geologic depository . Those Scandinavians always seem to get things figure out first. Maybe the rest of the countries with nuclear power will follow once they see it working.

  27. Harry Reid should bear much of the blame. He killed the use of Yucca mountain to keep it out of his home state.

  28. How would they safely transport all that radioactive waste to Nevada from everywhere else in the country???

  29. The trouble with a people raised to depend on its government to solve problems, is that they usually don't care about those problems until they're staring them in the face, and thus, neither does the government.

  30. This could have used some actual scientists and not the diatribe of Union of (UN)concerned scientists . . . we expect better from oliver

  31. You can complain about nuclear waste all you want. It's still preferable to spewing the byproduct of energy production into the air, polluting our environment, lungs and causing climate change.
    We can bury nuclear waste, and one person consuming a life long amount of energy produces an apple-sized lump of nuclear waste

  32. Recently I completed a short internship at a company which makes storage casks for spent nuclear fuel. Those things are near indescribable. You can hit it with a missile, a plane, or a truck and it is designed to be completely secure. I’m not joking about the missile. The company actually paid for the military to fire a missile at the cask to test it. Another thing is that these casks are SUPER heavy. They are large steel cylinders with a honeycomb type insert where the waste is placed. Once the cask is delivered to the site it is filled with a concrete ring between the honeycomb and the interior wall. At this point the whole thing is just too damn heavy to realistically transport any distance.

    Just wanted to share some information to whoever is interested. I was just happy to know something about this topic.

    PS while this information is true as far as I am a-where, I am not an engineer in the industry, just a short term intern so please take my comment with a grain of salt.

  33. Enough power for millions of people that is not polluting, and you can fit the waste in one football field. that doesnt sound bad at all, given that america is the size of a hundred billion football fields

  34. everyone:
    Oliver: arrrhhhmggg me ballsys r itchy witchy, glim glim glim hey Barbara Walters me tim tomes!
    me: yooooo smokeee dude
    Joe rogan: ayyy sup dude
    Jamie: haha yea pull it up u know me
    me: haha yea ok uhh
    Joe rogan: yea sorry about that haha yea dude I got this new intern, names Jamie.
    Jamie: yea, uhh, haha, hi!
    me: ummmm.. hi… yea.. uh,, hey Joe do u think we can go somewhere else?
    Joe: yea we can go fuck?
    Jamie: but my winker is ready too!!!
    me: we can't all be hard..
    Joe: true but scientists are making dot that can make u believe ur high enough to feel good that long???
    me: dmannn thoughts dude tough

  35. 22 ft tall and 1 field fuck you dum Brit America has 32 pro teams and who the fuck knows how many collage teams.

  36. 1977 Jimmy Carter (Democrat) bans commercial reprocessing of nuclear waste
    1987 Ronald Reagan (Republican) lifts Carter's ban
    1993 Bill Clinton (Democrat) discourages reprocessing again
    2001 George W. Bush (Republican) call the US to develop reprocessing in his national emergency policy and begins the construction of Yucca mountain nuclear waste repository
    2011 Barack Obama (Democrat) defunds Yucca mountain setting back its progress by more than two decades

  37. The more we try to look for clean energy the more waste they become. We have Solar Waste which create toxic materials that harm the environment > we have wind turbines are a killing rare birds killing the ecosystem and hurting the environment> while we have nuclear waste the does the same thing they can be contained underground. but we keep these harmful clean energy that hurt the environment and takes away space for people and wild life. I want to love clean energy but the down side is they too are toxic for the environment.

  38. I grew up somewhat near Hanford, we used to make radioactive jokes all the type when referring to it, it’s wild

  39. “You may life closer to nuclear waste than you think!”
    1. Being from Europe, shaking the head laughing
    2. Feeling superior
    3. Google
    4. Have a very bad evening

  40. This video reminded me that my country has the largest power plant on the planet for producing electricity. Which is 100% renewable and does not emit gases into the atmosphere. As a curiosity for the people of the United States, this hydroelectric dam has a spillway which, in turn, is the largest artificial waterfall on earth and deals with 20 times more water than Niagara Falls.

  41. I know, this isn't the point, but, does anyone else, besides me think that tv and movies from the 70s are a little scary? Even the ones that aren't meant to be scary?

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