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Organized Crime Cleaning Up With Nuclear Waste 138

Posted by samzenpus
from the sleep-with-the-three-eyed-fishes dept.
mdsolar writes "The Mafia has been involved with waste disposal for forever but they seem to be getting very interested in nuclear waste disposal these days. In Europe they scuttle ships containing nuclear waste in the sea. Now in Japan, their Asian counterparts are angling for disposal contracts resulting from the Fukushima nuclear disaster."
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Organized Crime Cleaning Up With Nuclear Waste

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  • So... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by enderjsv (1128541) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @05:29PM (#36456182)

    So, when this starts happening in the US, I'm guessing Yucca mountain will sound a lot more appealing to all those naysayers. Just a guess, though.

  • by mangu (126918) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @05:39PM (#36456292)

    The biggest problem with nuclear power is exemplified by a headline I saw when the earthquake happened: "NUCLEAR REACTOR BLOWS UP! 10000 DEAD!". In very small letters underneath: "Earthquake was the biggest in Japan history".

  • wait (Score:3, Insightful)

    by circletimessquare (444983) <circletimessquar ... m ['l.c' in gap]> on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @05:44PM (#36456342) Homepage Journal

    i thought the free market fairy took care of all problems, and government regulation is for freedom-destroying control freaks

  • by Xeth (614132) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @06:05PM (#36456610) Journal

    From the first article linked, there is a single informant that claims nuclear material was aboard a scuttled ship. The article as linked provides no further information, but mere allegation is sufficient for mdsolar to blame nuclear power.

    In the actual article, one will note that there is no actual speculation about the Yakuza having any ill-intent. Indeed, it seems to be a general article about how the Yakuza win contracts in construction and cleanup. And after a massive earthquake and tsunami, there's lots of cleanup to be done.

    As an interesting aside, he article claims that the Yakuza get 3% of the total construction in Japan. I see no reason to suspect that wouldn't include projects related to all forms of energy. I trust mdsolar would agree with my "Japanese solar power in bed with organized crime" headline.

    There are legitimate gripes about nuclear power. Indeed, the numbers I've seen suggest operating costs that aren't substantially below any other forms of energy. But the sort of fear campaign spread by mdsolar (someone who himself stands to profit from such fears, see his profile for links) is unacceptable.

  • Re:wait (Score:5, Insightful)

    by circletimessquare (444983) <circletimessquar ... m ['l.c' in gap]> on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @06:30PM (#36456942) Homepage Journal

    truth:

    the free market is best in some things. example: grocery store

    the government is best in some things. example: health care

    not truth:

    the free market solves all problems

    the government solves all problems

    are we clear now?

    don't read into my words a position i didn't take and then react to that

  • by HungryHobo (1314109) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @06:38PM (#36457044)

    scuttling ships full of dangerous waste is pretty terrible even if it's not radioactive.
    There's no shortage of non nuclear mutagens which aren't radioactive and they'll fuck you up just as badly, there's no shortage of industrial wastes which don't have any half life at all.

    it's more disgusting that this appears to only really be getting attention when the word nuclear is attached.

  • by aXis100 (690904) on Thursday June 16, 2011 @01:04AM (#36459354)

    The fact that it has a half life as old as the universe demonstrates that it is very very very mildly radioactive - any less radioactive and it would be considered stable. The "depleted" term is a giveaway.

    The main risk is that it is a heavy metal, like lead, and can bioacumulate. We just need to bury it somewhere with no liquid water and it will be fine.

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