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Half life means that in 12 years HALF the substance will be a different possibly safer substance. The other half is still radioactive. Depending on the amount then it can still take a long time for it to be safe. Though it is till better than a couple thousand year half life on some elements currently used in nuclear power.Here is a link to an article which is about the development of 2 friends' (one with a Physics degree) nuclear fusion project. That's right NUCLEAR FUSION is the answer. Their design isn't near perfected yet, but they are, from what I understand, "tied" for the lead in the race for nuclear fusion. The cool thing is they made their own method instead of copying all the existing methods, and best of all ALL the waste has a half life of ONLY 12 years...That means 12 years later the waste is a different substance that's clean enough to just toss. I'm looking forward to these guys getting appropriate funding like federal and university projects - Though this infinate, cleaner energy seems to be 16 years away.:sad:
It's not perfect, but it sounds damn near the best thing we're gonna get....Though it is till better than a couple thousand year half life on some elements currently used in nuclear power.
Climbing is not a real issue. The average EHV transmission line tower is between 90 and 200 feet tall. No matter what type of plant you have you will have people climbing off the ground to work.... Nuclear power is pretty safe compared to the others even wind turbines can have pretty bad failures. Not to mention you got to climb pretty high up them to work on them and people steal the copper wiring for them.