Our controversial nuclear legacy and questions about health, truth and future risks
By Nicole Hoepner
We quietly sneak around their massive shadows. We tell our children fairy tales of mankind’s control over technology, over nature.
The story of The Atom That Is Keeping Us Safe, but then the unexpected happens and unspeakable horrors awaken and unleash their terror.
People in Southern California have such a sleeping dragon right in their neighborhood: the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. Although shut down, it is home to 1,631 tons of radioactive waste. The waste (a witches brew containing plutonium, uranium and cesium, which will be harmful for over 250,000 years) is stored in ill-designed temporary caskets.