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Nuclear LegacyThere is 10 thousand tons of nuclear waste on Earth Many scientist are insearch for new and efficient ways to dispose of these lethal by-products which candestroy life itself Radioactive products can be either beneficial or devastating It alldepends on how we use them In the field of medicine some benefit from radiationinclude radiation therapy for cancer patients Not all uses of radiation prove to bebeneficial Many use the power of the atom for destructive purposes introducing anage of nuclear warfare It doesnt matter if we use radiation for good or bad purposesthey all contribute to the growing rate of unwanted nuclear waste The issue now ishow do we dispose of these nuclear wastesScientist have thought of several methods to dispose the nuclear by-productsThey tried to chemically treat the waste and reuse it but that would cost a fortune They thought of launching the waste into outer space but it too will cost a fortune They tried to dump barrels filled with nuclear waste into the ocean but they startedleaking As you can see there is a great need for a nuclear waste disposal site Thesesites may sound frightening but it may be the only way for us to dispose thedevastation we had longed to create In 1986 the decision for a nuclear wastedepositary proved to be the most frightening decision of the decade Of these sitesthree were chosen to be the most suitable for the disposal of nuclear by-productsThese three sites consisted of Hanford Washington Yuka Mountain Nevada andDefsmith TexasHanford Washington is a low populated US city and is owned by theDepartment of Energy A low populated city is an ideal site for radioactive disposalAlthough the city of Hanford is sparsely populated geologists fear the possibility of anuclear seepage into the Colombia river The Columbia River is an important factor forthe US production of wheat This makes it the worst of site says the geologist Ifthe Colombia River is contaminated with nuclear waste
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