The country has $24 billion dollars tied up in a fund to create a permanent storage solution for spent nuclear fuel rods. Yet plants are stuffing spent rods into already-overfull, vulnerable, sometimes leaky pools of water. What the hell? Basically, our nuclear waste is like a trust-fund kid in some wacky comedy, who can only get his inheritance if he uses it to settle down and makes something of himself. In this case, the money’s for one thing only: A permanent waste storage solution. Better temporary solutions would be easier to implement -- no state wants to volunteer to host …
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