1.The Maine Yankee nuclear power plant hasn’t produced a single watt of energy in more than two decades,
<but it cost U.S. taxpayers about $35 million this year.
Almost 40 years after Congress decided the U.S., and not private companies, would be responsible for storing radioactive waste, the cost of that effort has grown to $7.5 billion, and it’s about to get even pricier.>
<With no place of its own to keep the waste, the government now says it expects to pay $35.5 billion to private companies as more and more nuclear plants close down, unable to compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables.
Storing spent fuel at an operating plant with staff and technology on hand can cost $300,000 a year. The price tag for a closed facility: More than $8 million, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute.>
2. 2018년 기사
Federal health officials agree radioactive waste in St. Louis area may be linked to cancer
The federal government confirms some people in the St. Louis area may have a higher risk of getting cancer.
A recent health report found some residents who grew up in areas contaminated by radioactive waste decades ago may have increased risk for bone and lung cancers, among other types of the disease.
The assessment was conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As CBS News correspondent Anna Werner reports, the situation is not unique to St. Louis because it's connected to America's development of its nuclear weapons program decades ago.
Radioactive wastes persist in soils, and many believe that's why they or a loved one developed cancer.
Now for the first time, federal health officials agree, on the record, that's a real possibility.
One of my parents’ closest friends was a doctor who rushed to save people in the wake of the disaster – she has been disabled as a result for decades, and had to fight to get compensation. My mother once spent time in a Kyiv hospital on the same floor as some of the surviving victims. “They were slowly dying down the hall,” she said, weeping, about that experience. After leaving the USSR, I did most of my growing up in North Carolina: “You’re lucky you don’t glow,” a friend’s father snapped at me once when I tried to tell him about the place that I am from – beautiful Ukraine. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/10/political-expediency-chernobyl-catastrophic-continues-today