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Podcast: Graveyard Shift: Why We Need to Change the Way We Store Spent Nuclear Fuel

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July 19, 2011

Graveyard Shift: Why We Need to Change the Way We Store Spent Nuclear Fuel

Despite containing some of the highest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet, the structures housing the majority of U.S. spent nuclear fuel--our nuclear graveyards so to speak--are designed to withstand little more than a bad thunderstorm. In this podcast, POGO staffers talk with Bob Alvarez, a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), about why this is a problem, and whether or not a disaster like the one at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could happen in the U.S. Alvarez is the author of a new report on storage of spent nuclear fuel that was released by IPS with support from POGO.

Running time: 34:16

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