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Why do you think the method of nuclear waste disposal involving its burial in rocks and burial in undergrounds is not agreeable to many people?

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Part 1: Nuclear waste
Nuclear waste is a radioactive waste and is a byproduct from nuclear reactors. These types of wastes release radiation which can cause mutations and thus cancers at a very high rate.

Part 2: Harmful effects of disposal of nuclear wastes
Nuclear waste is usually disposed of in shielded containers and buried within rocks. People have objection to this because:
  • If not properly protected, leakage can happen causing disastrous effects.
  • The water table, if present in or near to the burial site, can get contaminated.
  • In case there are earthquakes, the nuclear waste can leak out.
  • There is also a possibility of terrorism.

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