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Nuclear Waste Moving Through Europe

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From National Geographic

A Castor railcar glows ominously in a thermal image, but the scene shows only that the cars’ contents are warm—no hotter than a sweltering summer day—said Matthew Bunn, of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

"The decay of these atoms in the fission products from nuclear reactors releases a fair amount of heat, so [the canister] will look red" in thermal pictures.

The CASTOR trains are always hot topics, Bunn added. "For people concerned about the whole issue of nuclear power and whether the disposal or storage of nuclear waste is safe, the trains provide an obvious political symbol."

While the waste looks ominous, the temperature is a lot cooler than I thought it would be.  It reminds me of being in California and the surfers surfing outside the nuclear reactors because the waste water heated up the ocean in the immediate vicinity.  I like to be warm like the next guy but that takes it a little too far. via