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United States of America

Article Summary   by:Mosimane    
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Nuclear Waste Accumulates Near Hospitals
By:  Tommy Elder, Jr.
     As the threat of Nuclear Terrorism grows-  the handlers of Nuclear Waste Materials must find safer means of storing by-products of Nuclear Reactions.  Seanna Adcox of the Associated Press reports that Rick Jacobi, a nuclear waste expert said-  `Instead of safely secured in one place, it`s (nuclear waste) stored in thousands of places in urban locations all over the United States.``  He noted further-  `They`ll end up offered up on eBay and flea markets and sent to landfills, or metal recycling plants-  places where you don`t want to be.`
     Since millions of radioactive gadgets exist in the market place-  experts indicate that plans for their elimination currently fails to come on line.  At this time, handlers of Medical Nuclear waste set it aside in a facility deemed as safe until it stops emiting radio activity.  This process takes a number of years.  Following the above mentioned procedure-  the owners of the nuclear waste may then eliminate it as ordinary trash.
     According to a 2003 finding of the General Accounting Office-  Nuclear Waste handlers cannot list the number facilities they utilize nationally.  Gregory Jaczko, one of the Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners, stated that- `I don`t think we`re yet in crisis, but certainly there`s information out there to suggest we may be closer to that than is comfortable for me.`
Published: September 28, 2008   
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