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Hazardous Waste

A typical nuclear power plant in a year generates 20 metric tons of used nuclear fuel and the nuclear industry as a whole generates a total of about 2,000 – 2,300 metric tons of used fuel per year.

After recycling used fuel, this highly radioactive substance must be permanently stored away. But where? In almost every state in the country, it turns out, and a lot of it.

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Over the past four decades, the entire industry has produced about 65,200 metric tons of used nuclear fuel. If used fuel assemblies were stacked end-to-end and side-by-side, this would cover a football field about seven yards deep.

It’s not time to panic, I’m just letting you know where this stuff is.

Via the Nuclear Energy Institute