Friday, December 19, 2008

US Plans Army of Nuclear Waste Robots?!

According to an article in IO9: The federal government has plans to store nuclear waste at nearby Yucca Mountain. The federal government has submitted documents in court, explaining its plan to deal with the highly toxic nuclear waste. The plans apparently involve high-tech metal containers that haven't been invented yet, massive titanium shields that will be watertight to prevent corrosive water from getting at the waste containers, and a huge army of awesome robots that will go in 100 years from now and seal the place up.

Ummm geee what could go wrong with this idea?! Oh wait! We barely could carry out a 10 year plan set up by a dynamic president. That was forty years ago and now people forget if something has more than two years of time built into the framework. They began raiding the environmental superfund before the ink was even dry and we are going to depend on promises that a plan will stay on track with its' own funds for 100?!

I think representative Shelley Berkley says it best: At the end of 100 years they are going to send an army of robots — think ‘I, Robot’ — marching down underneath Yucca Mountain to install yet-to-be-invented titanium shields. It’s hard to fathom anyone suggesting it, let alone the secretary of energy.

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