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Dangers, weapons spread, and mounting unsolved problem of nuclear wastes

Recent scientific publication from U.S. Department of Energy, states: “It is estimated that by 2015, the country will face a total disposal problem of more than 100,000 tonnes of high-level military and civilian nuclear waste.”….

Nuclear Power Industry: Promise Or Peril? 03 November 2010 Nigerian Compass, “………Among the area of concern of the safety of environment is the fear that the reactor core of nuclear plants may melt down. If the coolant system suddenly fails, this could lead to the release of dangerous levels of radioactive nuclides and radiation into the atmosphere. It is very difficult to estimate the level of human damage that will result in the event of such catastrophe.

Another peril of the nuclear reactors on the atmosphere is the long lived radioactive nuclides from spent fuels. According to Professor Wole Familoni, of the Department of Chemistry, University of Lagos, Nigeria, “some radioatice nuclides like plutonium – 239 has a half-life of 24,000 years. This means that it will take 24,400, years for the radiation intensity of a freshly generated sample of plutonium-239 nuciles to drop one half of its original value. Similarly, it will take 244,000 years of proper storage away from human contact for 99.9 per cent of the amount of the plutonium nuclides present at inception of the waste to lose its activities. During such long period of storage, the possibility of erosion of storage vessels and subsequent leakage of the toxic radioactive waste from spent fuel into the environment is possible.” Recent scientific publication from U.S. Department of Energy, states: “It is estimated that by 2015, the country will face a total disposal problem of more than 100,000 tonnes of high-level military and civilian nuclear waste.”….
Dr. Kingsley Abbulimen, a nuclear expert from the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Lagos, stated “we can develop alternative energy resource. Energy from the sun, wind, rushing watts, tides to meet our energy needs,” he cited the August 6, 1945 nuclear bombing in Hiroshima Japan “It was the first nuclear bomb to be used in warfare. The explosion completely devastated 13 square kilometres of the city which had 343,000 inhabitants. Over two-thirds of the city’s structures were destroyed leaving at least 70,000 people dead and 69,000 injured. Three days later, a second nuclear bomb was dropped, this time on Nagasaki Japan killing 39,000 people and 25,000 injured. About half of the City’s structures were destroyed. Never before in the history of mankind had such a powerful weapon been used.”

Today, more than 32,000 nuclear weapons are still maintained, with over 450 nuclear plants, thus, the nuclear superpowers still hold ample nuclear weaponry in their arsenals capable of destroying the entire world population several times over. Maintaining such a large number of dangerous weapons invites yet another threat-the accidental launching of nuclear missiles…….

Nuclear Power Industry: Promise Or Peril?

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