Nuclear energy is a problem not a solution. Yes it provides energy that is greatly needed but i don’t think it can be taken a a respectable alternative to our energy needs when you take into account the long lasting environmental effects. Even small amounts of radiation can cause large scale health effects to the human body, an effect that is mirrored in the environment.
Our current policy is to hide our nuclear waste under the rug and pretend like nothing happened, in this case the rug just happens to be a mountain. The result is an increasingly unsafe environmental policy based on shortsighted immediate goals. Cost Benefit Analysis fails in that it does not fully define the scope of the issue. Under immediate circumstances nuclear power is effective and reliable at providing energy. What it fails to take into account is the externalization of costs that nuclear waste often brings along. Not only is it an issue of national security, with the possibility of nuclear technology being used in weaponry, but also an issue of public and environmental health. Take for example the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters. Both cases show how much danger can be caused by these plants, as radiation from these accidents will plague the earth for many years. Just today the Fukushima plant operator reported a new leak more that 2 years after the initial disaster. In my opinion its unethical both in terms of the environment in in terms of humanity to continue to use such an energy source when the danger is so high.
Its irresponsible to continue producing nuclear waste when we haven’t even found a proper way of disposing of it or safeguarding the process that makes the energy. There is no ethical way to decide where it goes because it isn’t even an ethical practice to begin with. As for disposing of the waste we already have, i think the best idea would be to seal it away like we have and hope for the best.