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Someone Is Finally Trying to Stop This Underground Fire That’s Burned for Six Years

For six years, an underground rubbish fire has been steadily burning outside of Saint Louis, Missouri, right next to landfill filled with nuclear waste buried in the mid-70s. So why hasn’t anyone managed to extinguish it yet? Read More >>

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How a Typo May Have Turned a Drum of Radioactive Waste Into a Bomb

In February, a drum of radioactive waste exploded at the United State's only underground nuclear waste repository. The Santa Fe New Mexican has released a bombshell report on the comedy of errors, which seems to have all started with a typo specifying the wrong type of cat litter. Yup. Read More >>

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How to Store Nuclear Waste for 10,000 Years (and How Not To)

America has currently no plan for its nuclear waste. It did, however, at one point, have a supremely ambitious plan to bury it in a mountain for 10,000 years. From colour-changing radioactive cats to rotting cat litter, this essay from Method Quarterly explores the mythical and the mundane problems of nuclear waste. Read More >>

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Flying 3D Printers Could Help Seal Off Nuclear Waste

A quadcopter outfitted with an on-board 3D printer could be used to seal off and transport nuclear waste, or even to build structures in the middle of nowhere, according to its inventor, Mirko Kovac of University College, London. "In effect, it's the world's first flying 3D printer," New Scientist writes. "One day such drones might work together to help remove waste from nuclear sites or help patch up damaged buildings." Read More >>

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The Mob is Secretly Dumping Nuclear Waste Across Italy and Africa

Organised crime is famously good at exploiting time-sensitive industries like construction, fishing, and—of course—rubbish removal. But revelations about millions of tonnes of toxic waste buried haphazardly and illegally by the mob are causing an uproar in southern Italy, where cancer rates are nearly 50 per cent higher than the average in certain areas. Read More >>

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The Trick to Disposing of Nuclear Waste Could be Turning it Into Glass

Nuclear power is great, but the waste it creates is a problem. Best case scenario we can turn it into more power in the future, but for now we're stuck just stashing it away. But there's another way—a badass way—that's poised to make it easier and safer: nuclear glass. Read More >>

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Oh Great: Chunks of Fukushima’s Corroded Radioactive Uranium Could Survive in the Ocean for Years

Last march when the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant was disastrously damaged by a tsunami, plant technicians used seawater to cool the meltdown situation. At the time, that was probably the best way to avoid an even worse situation. Read More >>