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A big article on nuclear power

 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 9:34 am    Post subject: A big article on nuclear power Reply with quote

http://www.guardian.co.uk/nuclear/article/0,2763,1584356,00.html

They started building Hinkley A in 1957. The site will be returned to green fields in 2103, having generated electricity for about one-third of its existence. For most of this century, the two 120ft-high blue metal boxes that enclose the station's shutdown reactors will stand, cold, sealed and silent, their dangerous residual radioactivity shut up inside.

Even 2103 will not be the end for the most radioactive waste products. Most likely they will, mid-century, be buried deep underground, somewhere in Britain. They won't be safe for a million years. A million years is a long time for humans, who live on average for 80, and governments, which live for four, to be making plans over. A million years ago, our ancestors were in Africa, and rival species of mammoth clashed on the English tundra.
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