The Nuclear Waste Problem


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  • Joshua Chapman
    Joshua Chapman  23 minutes back

    having nuclear waste that stays radioactive for longer is better because it releases energy over a longer amount of time thats just how half lives work🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃 also there is currently research going into nuclear waste reactors which uses waste from regular nuclear reactors

    • Martin Tessler
      Martin Tessler  2 hours back

      Or, since 99% of the energy is still in the so called "waste" an option is to burn it in gen 4 reactors and eliminate 99% of the waste while supplying all the power humanity needs for the next 2000 years. Sounds better doesn't it.... and much less digging...

      • Pete Pepsodent
        Pete Pepsodent  12 hours back

        I don't see the problem in forgetting about the nuclear waste vault in Finland.. just write the "please avoid this place, this is not our treasure, it's our waste" message there. I'm certain that the existence of the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant or its garbage dump will be long forgotten by the time the last UN language dies off, so when we can no longer comprehend the warning, nobody will have any clue that something peculiar is buried underneath either.

        • Peter Gibson
          Peter Gibson  18 hours back

          The best place to put it is deep under the billion-year-old Twelve Bens mountains in Connemara in Ireland.
          The geology is solid for a billion more years and the area is sparsely populated.
          The very few locals in this region might object. Just give them a million dollars each.

          • Peter Gibson
            Peter Gibson  17 hours back

            P.S. I suspect that somebody will dig it all up again in the future as a treasure trove. A lot of energy going to waste deep down there!

        • Heraclez
          Heraclez  22 hours back

          Honestly the only low carbon energy solution is nuclear. Yes the waste is a problem but it is contained while coal and gas pollution waste is spuwed in the air. Solerpanels are made from heavy metals and very polluting so we are down to water and wind wich like solar will never be able to provide the necessary energy

          • Chris Yorke
            Chris Yorke  1 days back

            Nuclear waste disposal is a political problem, rather than a technical one. As the problem is not properly defined it never gets politically resolved. Buried nuclear waste amounts to replacement of a uranium ore body of long half-life with a store of isotopes with short half-lives. There is already a tremendous amount of natural radioactivity in the land and oceans. Nobody cares about it.

            • ADDAM B
              ADDAM B  2 days back


              • Anis Optera
                Anis Optera  2 days back

                A better message would be "Here rests holy Atom. Do not disturb his peace or be divided into a million worlds".

                • Gossip Girl
                  Gossip Girl  2 days back

                  Bury our garbage over it. That’ll do the trick.

                  • peter o
                    peter o  2 days back

                    Nuclear Poison is good for you.

                    • fgfgfgf drtduud
                      fgfgfgf drtduud  3 days back

                      Your face is a problem. You burn coal instead and give everyone cancer.

                      • PotatoIse
                        PotatoIse  3 days back

                        "31 people died"

                        • Aris Tarchinski
                          Aris Tarchinski  5 days back

                          Spent fuel rods can still be used to generate power in a breeder reactor

                          • kalzonenu
                            kalzonenu  5 days back

                            Waterflooded DIESEL ENGINES was the reason for FUKUSHIMA QUIT FUCKING LYING!!!!!!

                            • Jack Bryan
                              Jack Bryan  5 days back

                              “Open for a surprise”

                              • John Smith
                                John Smith  5 days back

                                In India we throw our waste of every kind into the river , has not failed yet.

                                • peter o
                                  peter o  2 days back

                                  Very funny did.

                              • أحمد العمري
                                أحمد العمري  5 days back

                                why they didn't just throw it in the space out of our solar system, i mean this should be the only safest solution they had why they didn't do it - is it because that our earth are flat and we have no space and the government don't want us know that ehhh - just joking -

                                • John Smith
                                  John Smith  5 days back

                                  Launch failure and expensive.

                              • GLaDOnOS
                                GLaDOnOS  6 days back

                                So when will we be getting videos about the toxic waste produced by solar panels? Would about the environmental dangers of hydro-electric and how it rapes the environment? No? We just gonna make an exception for nuclear? Okay.

                                • Jynflyn1 -
                                  Jynflyn1 -  6 days back

                                  Nobody actually died from Chernobyl, they only died due to radiation after the event. The amount of deaths they predicted were drastically over estimated and it’s way safer then we thought. Also now a bunch Animals live in the area so it actually helped the environment

                                  • Chris Overson
                                    Chris Overson  6 days back

                                    What if you bury the waste at a point near the edge of a tectonic plate that is sliding underneath another one, so the fuel will eventually end up under the crust and into the mantle and stay there for thousands or millions of years? Wouldn't that melt and massively dilute the waste so it was no longer a threat? By the time it emerges back as fresh rock, would it be any more dangerous than the existing concentration of uranium and other elements already present?

                                  • M.D. Suave
                                    M.D. Suave  6 days back

                                    Dump their nuclear waste in the place where they allowed the nuclear plant to operate. Keep your own waste.

                                    • DaCOB 729
                                      DaCOB 729  6 days back

                                      All though it isn’t the primary way to make nuclear energy, thorium’s waste can be re-used for energy

                                      • A Conroy
                                        A Conroy  6 days back

                                        why does anyone care about danger that wont effect humanity?

                                        if it doesnt hurt humans why should we take precaution for it?

                                        • kiran shama
                                          kiran shama  7 days back

                                          throw the nuclear waste in Bermuda triangle that bitch will swallow those wastes

                                          • W Stutz
                                            W Stutz  1 weeks back

                                            This video is so ridiculously disingenuous. There are alternative sources of nuclear power than uranium, alternative methods of storage, and a lot of stuff that this video decides to leave out. Fear mongering such as this means were never going to get past coal, and continue ruining the planet based on high hopes of inefficient sources like wind.

                                            • John Smith
                                              John Smith  5 days back

                                              I watch a doc on new generation nuclear plants that run on nuclear waste.

                                          • Ilya Shevchenko
                                            Ilya Shevchenko  1 weeks back

                                            Why would anyone care about anything happening thousands years from now?

                                            • Joshua Wang
                                              Joshua Wang  9 hours back

                                              @Ilya Shevchenko You're descendants than

                                            • Ilya Shevchenko
                                              Ilya Shevchenko  13 hours back

                                              @Joshua Wang Nope. But either way my grandchildren would be dead in 1000 years.

                                            • Joshua Wang
                                              Joshua Wang  4 days back

                                              It depends
                                              Do you have children/grandchildren/descendants

                                          • lifeform carbon
                                            lifeform carbon  1 weeks back

                                            Fast molten salt reactors can use nuclear waste as fuel and create very little waste themselves. There's enough waste to burn for 500 yrs. After that, and in the meantime, they can burn Thorium, which along with thermal reaction has many other benefits, and is quite abundant. Also MSRs have virtually no safety issues like pressurized water (existing) reactors do.

                                          • jason cook
                                            jason cook  1 weeks back

                                            Below is a document from the US military on Ball Lightning. I said in my other post below that the EVO is found in nature. The EVO is like a macro sized Ball Lightning. EVOs have amazing properties. They can transmute elements and can be used as a fuel source.
                                            In this document you can see why the military are so interested in them.There lies the problem. They will never be used for peaceful purposes and the remediation of nuclear waste as subject is classified.

                                            • jason cook
                                              jason cook  1 weeks back


                                              • jason cook
                                                jason cook  1 weeks back

                                                Nuclear waste can be remediated using EVOs. Exotic Vacuum Objects were researched by Kenneth Shoulders. Nuclear waste can have its half life reduced to a few weeks or months using EVOs. These EVOs exist in nature and can be manufactured. There is a gas in Japan called Ohmasa gas and the gas was successfully tested on Nuclear Waste. This gas is similar to HHO or Brown’s Gas. We should be using this gas and the EVO to remediate nuclear waste now. I will post some links here.

                                                • Axel Rytkönen
                                                  Axel Rytkönen  1 weeks back

                                                  Suomi mainittu torilla tavataan!

                                                  • Juhyun Park
                                                    Juhyun Park  1 weeks back

                                                    Japan is ready to release Fukushima's highly radioactive water to pacific ocean. Please spread this hoping they will stop it!!!

                                                    • Elden Crom
                                                      Elden Crom  1 weeks back

                                                      Reprocessing the waste is done in almost every nuclear powered country (except the US, thank Jimmy Carter). Currently that reduces the waste to 10% its volume. If we had more fast spectrum reactors that would reduce it to less than 1% volume. With a bit more research that remaining waste could be transmuted to nothing that exists for more than 50 years at a radiological dangerous level. Fear makes us less safe.

                                                      • TheGreatSeraphim
                                                        TheGreatSeraphim  1 weeks back

                                                        The real issue is, we are trying to dispose of nuclear waste instead of finding ways to make nuclear waste useful in other ways preventing us from leaving behind a toxic legacy all together.

                                                        The tombs also warned of curses and danger, that didnt stop us from opening the tombs. No matter what we do, some idiot will open it up. We can only hope it will be after the radiation is lethal. But it can also be said, if we are so far gone that we can not stop it, we should not care about the damage we leave behind we can not control.

                                                        • trebledc
                                                          trebledc  1 weeks back

                                                          11:08 so that's why they put a drawings on my cookie jar

                                                          • Anon iconaclast
                                                            Anon iconaclast  1 weeks back

                                                            Does any one know when Van Halen will tour?

                                                            • XybnedAsdd
                                                              XybnedAsdd  2 weeks back

                                                              This video is stupid beyond proportion. You're worrying about a few metric tons worth of waste, which is harmless if encased in concrete and put inside a cave in a stable bedrock, it won't harm an ant. The irrational fear of this "supernatural evil" goes so far that you worry about aliens making contact with it thousands of years in the future.

                                                              How about the orders of magnitude more waste (per unit of energy produced) produced by every other source of energy, including wind and solar? That waste is spilled into our waterways, into the air we breathe, and nobody is making underground repositories for the huge amounts of toxic heavy metals which remain after solar panels go out of service.

                                                              Radiation is not supernatural and it is not evil. If you put STUFF between it and yourself, you can stand a few meters away from this evil stuff and it won't harm a cell in your body. And it is in solid form and easy to dispose of, compared to just about any other waste form.

                                                              Even hydro has a vastly higher impact on the environment per unit of energy produced. Just compare the amount of land flooded to produce 1GW. You could fill the entire world's nuclear production's worth of nuclear waste in a single accumulation lake, multiple times over.

                                                              • Connor Fitzpatrick
                                                                Connor Fitzpatrick  2 weeks back

                                                                Godamn, this was fascinating

                                                                • Jack Kollhoff
                                                                  Jack Kollhoff  2 weeks back

                                                                  Drop that bitch in the ocean

                                                                  • NicholasStudios
                                                                    NicholasStudios  2 weeks back

                                                           about wind? Just use wind, instead of trying to figure out... this.

                                                                    Like, seriously.

                                                                    • Chris Malan
                                                                      Chris Malan  2 weeks back

                                                                      Duh, the big problem with nuclear waste is when humanity is here no more. So what? Big deal. The volumes of nuclear waste are very small. Even if it lies right out in the open the whole planet won't be affected.

                                                                      • Mike LaBarge
                                                                        Mike LaBarge  2 weeks back

                                                                        The next type of power will be a Dyson sphere

                                                                        • Derp Slurp
                                                                          Derp Slurp  2 weeks back

                                                                          Just bury that shit in Antarctica

                                                                          • Tom O
                                                                            Tom O  2 weeks back

                                                                            Why not write the warning in binary? By describing the mathematical properties of the nuclear material and time stamped with star constellations and/or orbital patterns. Then create multiple copies carved into glass structures placing them around the material underground leading out of the tunnel. Just a thought.

                                                                            • Zachary Van Horn
                                                                              Zachary Van Horn  2 weeks back

                                                                              Notice that the message isn't being printed in Finnish. That's because the Fins recycle their waste and what's left in the repository only lasts for hundreds of years, not thousands. That study was done by Americans who don't recycle and thus, their spent nuclear fuel stays radioactive for much longer.

                                                                              • Zachary Van Horn
                                                                                Zachary Van Horn  6 days back

                                                                                @Jack Kollhoff Thanks for your comment. I'll be reading up on the wisdom you just offered to further enlighten myself. You're truly a brilliant and kind human being.

                                                                              • Jack Kollhoff
                                                                                Jack Kollhoff  2 weeks back

                                                                                With all the dumbasses in this comment section, you may have just topped them all.

                                                                            • Josh Richards
                                                                              Josh Richards  2 weeks back

                                                                              This is just anti-nuclear propaganda. At least nuclear waste is CONTAINED as opposed to carbon that spews into the atmosphere. Even solar panels have a lifespan of 30 years, at best, and there's no (current) plan to dispose of them because all of the poisonous heavy metals have corroded and reacted with eachother to the point where they can't be reused, but their too poisonous to put in a landfill.

                                                                              We NEED carbon free energy production to preserve our planet and the ideas of powering a growing world's megacities with sunshine and a gentle breeze is nothing more than a fanciful bedtime story.

                                                                              • AxipaxiFN
                                                                                AxipaxiFN  2 weeks back

                                                                                Let's hope those people at Chernobyl got out of there by 5 seconds or they'll be contaminated

                                                                                • Jacob K
                                                                                  Jacob K  2 weeks back

                                                                                  What about thorium?