Metro News – Trump wants to reclassify nuclear waste as less dangerous – It would make disposal cheaper. Critics say that’s because the waste would just be left in the ground.

December 14, 2018 – The Trump administration wants to reclassify radioactive waste resulting from the production of nuclear weapons, so it will be cheaper to dispose of, the Associated Press reported. 

The Department of Energy has proposed relabeling high-level nuclear waste as “low-level.” High-level radioactive waste is currently defined as the byproducts of nuclear reactors or fuel reprocessing, where fissionable material is separated from the waste. Low-level waste, which represents 90 percent of radioactive detritus, generally comes from places where radioisotopes are used, such as nuclear power stations and local hospitals. … Link to article

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