Send us your radioactive waste…

The United States poised to become Italy's nuclear waste dump

How is this possible? Who in the United States would import Italy's nuclear waste? Why would they do so? As for the how, according to an Associated Press report:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it doesn't have the authority to prevent foreign radioactive waste from being imported into the United States.


The NRC says that as long as the material can be imported safely and someone is willing to accept it, the commission can't keep the waste out.

The article provides the who: EnergySolutions. The why is obvious.

Americans, one may hope, are surely learning that globalization (worldwide economic and political integration) does not always work in their favor, as they were led to believe by the market fundamentalists who have lately dominated public discourse over these matters.

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