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From: Keith R. Williams
Subject: Re: eer
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 21:58:51 -0500
References: <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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In article <email@example.com>,
> firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Steven Walz)
> >StevJensen wrote:
> >>email@example.com (Richard Steven Walz)
> >>So, if you really want to get rid of it(which also seems questionable),
> >>why can't you mix the remainder back up with the original talus and put
> >>it back where you found it. Overall less radioactive than when you
> >U is EASY to get rid of. Pu is NOT.
> So what makes Pu hard to get rid of?
It's far more toxic than U. U is pretty benign stuff.
> >Also, wherever we get water is tested,
> >and we are experienced at avoiding deriving city water from radioactive
> >springs, and there are a bunch in the southwest. If we start putting
> >radioactive stuff back, then we wind up putting both Pu and a host of other
> >long-lived isotopes with it, and we risk suddenly finding that we didn't
> >REALLY understand the aquifer very well and that we have polluted the shit
> >out of massive acquifers upon which human life depends!!!
> This is what prompted my question. You took half the radioactivity out of
> an area that was already radioactive. What is it that would actually make
> matters worse by putting the remainder back?
You didn't take it out. You made it worse.
> Even if an aquifer proves to be a problem it seems, at least to me, that
> it would be an even bigger problem if you had not done anything at all.
The witches brew of radio isotopes don't exist in nature.
> Why won't you get the same brew of isotopes with the stuff sitting right
> where it was?
No reactor to create said brew.
> The decay paths do not seem to change much if any
> with the stuff in a reactor, they just get speed up a lot.
The "decay paths" change *drastically* in a reactor. We're not
letting atoms decay in thar! We be splitin' atoms, more or less
into random sizes!
BTW, I'm not anti-nuke. The refining/vitrification/dump the bad
ass stuff into a subduction zone works for me. Yucca Mountain
doesn't seem like such a bad idea either.
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