Nuclear Waste : A Chemical Reaction

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Nuclear Waste
The explosion that occurred on February where gallon drums, if the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant nuclear waste were buried deep in the salt shaft, led to the closure of the facility for months. In addition, the incidence raised questions on the Department of Energy’s ability to keep tabs on the content of nuclear container that were buried at the site. Experts asserted that the risk of an additional eruption is real and had several effects on 21 workers who were exposed to low-level doses of radiation (Lopez 85). Currently, investigators for the energy department have not determined the reason behind the explosion and why radioactive waste products buried more than feet below the ground has a chemical reaction that led to radioactivity. In addition, there are no experts to assert that the accident occur with other drums that were containing the same kind of waste products from nuclear plants. Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is located in an ancient salt bed dug out as a conventional salt mine. Apparently, it was designed that once it is filled up and plugged, the salt could gradually breakdown around the waste and seal it for the period of 10,000 years (Rechard and Voegele 61). Thus, the dump is designed to ensure that waste and radioactivity do not escape. During the explosion, the radioactivity was released and traveled up the vent shaft and gave 21 workers who were on the surface a small dose of radiation that was detected in…
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