Germany struggles with nuclear waste disposal
After the plan to use an old salt mine for nuclear waste storage was found to be unsafe (as in the United States, where the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, in a New Mexico salt formation has failed in unexpected fashion), Germany is looking at other locations. German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks points out that "There is no safe permanent disposal site in existence anywhere in the world," she told reporters. Not only that, she added, Germany has a comparative advantage: since it has a fixed deadline for shutting down its last reactors, authorities can estimate how much waste they will be dealing with. "Those countries that continue to use nuclear power should really be further along."
But nearly everywhere, including in Japan, nuclear power continues as if there WERE some safe way to dispose of the ever-growing mountains of waste. There isn't; not yet and possibly (probably?) not ever. Nuclear power and its long-term consequences may be the single most harmful symptom of Statism and its violations of the Non-Aggression Principle.