It’s not optimally safe, and neither is the proposed alternative. The US does not have a central repository for the disposal and storage of nuclear waste. So, all of the waste is stored at the plants and facilities where it was generated. Some people want to keep the system this way, as transportation of radioactive waste could be extremely dangerous, especially in the case of an accident or terrorist attack. However, the lack of a repository leaves a lot of Americans at risk of radioactive exposure. Loopholes in a ban on recycling metal that had been exposed to radioactivity resulted in some consumer products becoming contaminated, and despite the regulations requiring nuclear power plants to store their waste on-site, a lot of it still winds up in landfills.
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