Jeff Goodell reports: "In theory, pools in the US were only supposed to hold spent fuel rods for a short time, until they could be moved to a permanent disposal site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. But the site has remained unfeasible despite two decades and $7 billion in research, prompting President Obama to finally pull the plug on it last year. That means tens of thousands of tons of irradiated fuel continue to sit in spent fuel pools at reactors across the country - America's largest repository of radioactive material. A release of just one-tenth of the radioactive material at the Vermont Yankee reactor could kill thousands and render much of New England uninhabitable for centuries."
Response was delayed to an Alert at Brunswick nuclear plant in Southport, NC, because workers didn't know how to operate the emergency computer systems. (photo: Progress Energy/US NRC)
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