The Nuclear Waste Problem

  • Published on Nov 21, 2017
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  • Trace P.
    Trace P. 3 hours ago

    The amount of misinformation in this video is hilarious. There are long term storage facilities being built but "nature activists" are preventing its completion due to MISINFORMATION LIKE THIS VIDEO. A cursory google search would reveal the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste repository. Also, the two deaths in Fukushima were the result of DROWNING no deaths were the result of the Fukushima incident. The amount of radiation "poisoning" people received was no more than a week's worth of Chemo treatment. Not enough to receive cancer. On top of that, the "exclusion zones" only put out the same amount of radiation as per year as living in Colorado, USA due to a combination of uranium-rich ground material underneath Denver, less atmosphere to protect from cosmic rays, etc. Seriously cursory searches can educate you better on the subject.

  • david hemi
    david hemi 23 hours ago

    Why not shoot shoot the waste into the sun, use a rocket assisted electric cannon. It wi

  • mod72cfw
    mod72cfw Day ago

    The message if understood will convey the danger the pictographs will only entice people.

  • xXDemonLordNecrossXx

    Thorium reactors is a cleaner step, shame that we moved away from it in the 50’s.

  • Stephen Low
    Stephen Low Day ago

    You don't invent radioactive materials. You refine them to increase their effectiveness. Break down the material back to the natural radioactive level you dug it up at and put it back in the ground where it came from. That area on earth is already more radioactive than elsewhere, so there is no change.

  • joseph-mario pelerin

    no worry at all... just listen to that Illinois teacher... i'll practically make you feel like a completed brain damaged lunatic to even doubt in any way of the rightness of a few lab rat...
    according to him, half your video is complete BS, and most nuclear waste is about as dangerous as flying at 10 000 feets for 5h bla bla bla.........

  • Lee Ham
    Lee Ham 2 days ago

    LMAO that message would make any civilization leader want to open that shit up for demonic powers! hahaha!

  • Yogesh Reddy
    Yogesh Reddy 2 days ago

    Can we throw nuclear waste into the space?

  • C Daddy
    C Daddy 3 days ago

    What if we just throw it into the space?

    • TheCed
      TheCed Day ago

      How much would you be ready to invest ?
      What if there is a failed launch ?

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  • Donald Palmrose
    Donald Palmrose 4 days ago

    The used fuel only needs to be stored in the pools for 5 years and can be moved to a dry cask storage system. Also,mthe used fuel can be reprocessed for the useful transuranics. The remaining fission products would decay away in several hundred years. This is what France does today.

  • Matthew Bissonnette
    Matthew Bissonnette 4 days ago

    Here is an idea. If I am not misinformed, smaller reactors about the sizes of ones they use in aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, you can have a containment shell that is absolute or there is not enough fissile material to melt through the containment shell if it loses coolant; also the amounts of nuclear waste might be more manageable. What about a nuclear reactor is every one`s homes which is fool proof; basically you pay to have it installed and every few years pay a low rate to replace the spent fissile material. The pros are that you don`t need a power grid which has to be maintained and it would save average people money; if the technology could possibly used in such a way. I`m not nuclear specialist; so I don`t know personally.

  • MrTrash
    MrTrash 6 days ago

    wayyyy more people died from chernobyl

  • Matthew James Montgomery

    The waste from coal is much worse.

  • Fazuchnl
    Fazuchnl 6 days ago

    I love your videos. Its so interesting

  • Felix Schrider
    Felix Schrider 7 days ago

    shoot it into the sun? the gravity of the sun is so strong that even if the material survives the heat, it will still be trapped there for at least a billion years.

  • Alex Garcia
    Alex Garcia 7 days ago

    Humans are 70% water. Therefore, I am 70% immune to radiation.

  • acoow
    acoow 7 days ago

    We should hire flat-earthers to take the waste to Antarctica and throw it over the edge of the Earth.

  • Zé Scotto di Vettimo

    How can u say one of the most cleanest if it's there poisoning hazardous waste?

  • b e a n o s
    b e a n o s 8 days ago

    r a m e n n 00 d l e s

  • Animeetchi
    Animeetchi 10 days ago

    Once the tunnels finnished in Finnland, some one will say, 'hey, ah we actually found a way to break down the harmfull byproduct. Can you dig it back up?'

  • Greg Specht
    Greg Specht 10 days ago

    4:49 Homeland security would like to know your location

  • John Adeniran
    John Adeniran 10 days ago

    the kushite were the most powerful civilization in the world not the romans

  • Pinoy Adventure Rider
    Pinoy Adventure Rider 10 days ago

    Radioactive sushi anyone?

    ХОРОШО 10 days ago +1

    Long time solution is not needed. Because high radiation is good for environment, it's just bad for people. Wild life in Chernobil just booming there.

  • Quantum Gaming
    Quantum Gaming 11 days ago

    The ending was deep...

  • Hung Pham
    Hung Pham 11 days ago


  • Meliodas
    Meliodas 11 days ago

    what flag are you using for arabic? the fuck?

  • Twig
    Twig 11 days ago

    you can bet Finland will ask top Euro for companies and nations to store nuclear waste there.

  • R/Uncle Rico
    R/Uncle Rico 12 days ago +1

    that moment bill gates had a reactor designed that can use nuclear waste.... dig it all up boys

  • Lukas Rockell
    Lukas Rockell 13 days ago

    6:11 Except for the fact that its rising out of the oceane gaining a good 7km² every year.

  • Bob_a_dooda
    Bob_a_dooda 14 days ago

    Maybe if the Soviet Union maintained Chernobyl it wouldn't have melted.

  • Dylan Baer
    Dylan Baer 14 days ago +33

    Better message: “This is the storage site of dangerous material. It hurts you by emitting energy you can not see, can not hear, can not smell, can not feel, and can not taste. The material is waste and presents nothing to you but danger. It can’t even be weaponized. We have sealed away this waste and contained it’s harmful properties but the possibility of a leak still remains. It is best to leave this place abandoned.”

  • victor bruun
    victor bruun 14 days ago

    not cleaner than wind? Honestly wind is really filthy when considering all the energy needed to make those very frequently replaces wings. They wear out ya know. Smelted how? Well.. usually coal..
    Not to mention transport.
    As for storage, real easy, dig a hole in a mountain. Find a stable area and leave the copper tubes there. I went into the depths of it has been in use for some time already. Watched them deposit one of the capsules.
    Sure eventually it will fill up, but by then there should be many more such caves dug.

    • victor bruun
      victor bruun 14 days ago

      Oh and the "curse of the ancient gods" just makes for better archeologists in another 15000 years after the end of this humanity and a rise from modern hunter gatherers. Just like after atlantis fell in 10600BC and technological civilisation ceased after the meteor cracked canadian iceberg (with a melted water ocean flooding (sealevels rose 150m over night, weather patterns changed, sahara became a desert etc.. and yes atlantis in mali died (see eye of sahara))).
      If there are no lethal dangers, explorers get lazy and stupid. The dumb survive etc. Such death traps are good for future evolution.
      In the future if their archeologists are as dumb as ours they will call those deposits religious mazes. Possibly related to Moneytauros[!] (lol), and it was sealed because of astrological reasons.
      Then they find the treasure vaults and the curse strikes.

  • NjK
    NjK 15 days ago

    What happens if someone of a bad moral character thinks it is a weapon or something in the future and decides to dig anyways?

  • Lisa Blanchfield
    Lisa Blanchfield 15 days ago

    wind power , laughing my ass off, expensive and now being buried due to them being non recyclable. thermal and hydro thats the way forward

  • Remarkable SeiF
    Remarkable SeiF 16 days ago +1

    This might give a future civilization access to nuclear power lol

  • Corey Chambers
    Corey Chambers 16 days ago

    Finland is not devoid of natural disasters. Finland has recent volcano eruptions such as Eyjafjallajokull.

    • Fliyo MB
      Fliyo MB 9 days ago +1

      I read that name and my furniture is now flying

    • todd_patton
      todd_patton 15 days ago +1

      That's Iceland, my dude

  • Kat Meows
    Kat Meows 16 days ago

    Funny how animals were left and survived in both areas???

  • DatBoiYeet Official
    DatBoiYeet Official 17 days ago

    Ok, so there woried that the things that discover the waste won speak the right language. But they also can make the sight disappear because the internet and books have it documented. Well if they can read enough from books to learn the location, they can read the danger signs

  • Bullwinke̷le
    Bullwinke̷le 17 days ago

    Wow, I couldn't make it to the 1 minute mark without running into a blatant falsehood. Why would you produce a video using lies and deception when the world is at stake?

    • Ignacio Gonzalez
      Ignacio Gonzalez 16 days ago

      @Bullwinke̷le so what? It is one of the most toxic ones

    • Bullwinke̷le
      Bullwinke̷le 16 days ago

      Ignacio Gonzalez "Nuclear waste is the most toxic substance known to man." It is not even close.

    • Ignacio Gonzalez
      Ignacio Gonzalez 17 days ago

      What are the lies?

  • Jesus Christ
    Jesus Christ 18 days ago

    Cleaner than solar...😂🤣🤣 rrright ok

  • Nicolas Bouliane
    Nicolas Bouliane 18 days ago +1

    I love how the message isn't even written in simple English

  • smudge82ad
    smudge82ad 19 days ago

    The warning is so long and poetic. Cut the crap and make it simple

  • Saeed Shah
    Saeed Shah 19 days ago

    Why don't send the waste to sun, Mars, Venus, neptune or into the distant space.
    It will get us rid of this problem once and for all forever.

  • The Bound Bowman
    The Bound Bowman 19 days ago

    Let's learn about Nuclear Waste!
    ... 10 minutes later...
    *Complete existential crisis*

  • Joe Vines
    Joe Vines 19 days ago +1

    The message, the symbols and landscaping will make this place look super interesting 😂

  • Free and Critical Thinker

    How many have died due to nuclear waste? Now how many have died because of lawn mowers? Cars? Slipping and falling on ice? Mistakes made during surgery? RX allergic reactions? When you do the math and then look at the energy that is harnessed , the illogical fear from it becomes laughable. If you still promote scaremongering then tell me WHAT other power supply we can switch to. And switch to almost immediately...

  • Cody Risling
    Cody Risling 20 days ago

    Send everything into space.....futurama did it and it went great

  • Fujin-Raijin
    Fujin-Raijin 20 days ago


  • me Say
    me Say 21 day ago

    Thank God christopher colombo is gone,and i hope his dna has mutated.

  • SpectruM
    SpectruM 21 day ago

    5:50 Use bedrock

  • The Most Interesting Man On Youtube

    Build Nuclear Power Plants in Antarctica or at the North Pole

    Cooling Problems Solved , you're welcome

  • John Smith
    John Smith 22 days ago

    Launch it is space or dump it in a live Volcano,s crater where the lave will incinerate it.

  • Krystof Fakan
    Krystof Fakan 22 days ago


    • Krystof Fakan
      Krystof Fakan 21 day ago

      @John Smith
      Im not, sorry for caps.
      I mean, theres some ways we can possibly ensure that the fuel remain intact. Imagine project 5 kilom. deep water has stable teperature, barely moves so its ideal storage.

    • John Smith
      John Smith 22 days ago

      You must be from India.
      Even the tried and true Ganges river can not take this waste.