Testing out nuclear trash storage in Jordan?


Last week Jordan announced that the USA will design and construct storage facilities for Jordanian nuclear and radioactive trash. The facilities are expected to hold the ultra-toxic energy residue for about 50 years, so we’re not talking terminal storage here, since noone really seems to have a sollution for that. Surprisingly few communities around the world seem eager to want to live on top of deeply buried radioactives that will sit tight for about 1 000 000 years.

However, the fact that the Jordanian plant will be deployed wholly by the USA is interesting. Does it suggest a special nuclear-tight relationship between the two states? Or does it rather suggest that clever negotiators in the US Departments of Energy and Defense, together with the Environmental Protection Agency, put their heads together and found a way to test new ideas? Then again, it could just be global capitalism.

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