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The Threat of Nuclear Waste with Kevin Kamps Enviro Close-Up #641

Radioactive Waste Specialist Kevin Kamps of the organization Beyond Nuclear details the major push by the Trump administration and nuclear industry to dump nuclear waste in Texas and New Mexico. His group with other organizations is challenging this scheme to establish a “nuclear sacrifice area for the whole country.” And because of transportation of nuclear waste from all over the U.S. to this area – “tens of thousands of shipments” by train, truck and barge — “this is everybody’s problem.” Kamps also discusses the “insanity” planned in Canada to put nuclear waste “on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.” Kamps and Grossman speak of once nuclear proponent Admiral Hyman Rickover’s call in 1982 to “outlaw nuclear reactors.” They talk, too, about the Trump administration’s advocacy of “hormesis”—that “radioactivity is good for you.” Says Kamps: “It’s mad science…absurd, preposterous.”

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