Jul
01
1990

Nuclear Dumping Scheme Buried by Media

The story was hot in more ways than one: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposed to deregulate much of so-called "low-level" radioactive waste from the nation's nuclear plants, to deem it "Below Regulatory Concern" and allow it to be treated, without monitoring, like plain old garbage. This proposal was on the NRC's agenda from 1985 onward, and finally went into effect on June 27, 1990. Some 30 percent of radioactive material can now be dumped in landfills, burnt in incinerators, disposed of in sewage systems, spread on farmland with sludge or mixed with safe material to be processed into consumer […]