Nuclear Madness, the Sequel

In a bold effort to dispose of radioactive soil from decommissioned nuclear power plants and weapons, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is studying the feasibility of recycling the contaminated material, reports Sierra (May/June 2001). The agency proposes selling the contaminated dirt to homeowners, brick makers, and landscapers. To critics who argue that the move could be hazardous to humans, NRC public affairs officer Mindi Landau replies, “We’re not going to react to emotions. People are afraid of radioactivity; they’re afraid of anything nuclear. It’s just like a built-in emotion. And we’re not going to react to that.”

Sierra (May/June 2001)

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