Adventures in Nuclear Waste

Earlier this month, South Korea chose the historic city of Kyoungju to provide a home for a proposed nuclear waste dumpsite. While there are many things that worry me about this dumpsite, two things stick out in my mind.

1) My university students don’t seem to care. I asked one of my classes what they thought about it. One student said she was happy that the dumpsite will be built in Kyoungju, because she is from another town that was in the running. My other 8 students all said they didn’t really care one way or the other. Hmmmm.

2) Commerce-Industry-Energy Minister, Lee Hee-beom, said “By minimizing preparing procedures, the government will finish the building before the end of 2008.” Why on earth would you minimize preparation procedures while building a nuclear dumpsite!?!? On the bright side, I don’t really believe that it will be completed by 2008. The subway in Daejeon was supposed to be up and running for the World Cup (2002) and I still have to take the bus when I’m there. Even so, call me paranoid, but I really don’t think that one should be skimping on preparation when it comes to building a nuclear facility. Again I say, “Hmmmm….”

Perhaps it’s time to consider moving back to the other side of the globe.

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