Percolate

Posted: August 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Science and Technology, Society | Tags: | No Comments »

Nuclear plant built on geological fault line in California

Nuclear power is being touted as the new green energy. However, its primary by-product, plutonium, is lethal enough for a spoonful to wipe out a city. In 1987, plutonium was first found to be leaking from a nuclear waste pit in Idaho and percolating through rock layers to a vast underground reservoir. While plutonium remains lethal for 250 thousand years from its creation, the National Engineering laboratory successfully contained it for 36 years. A 1988 New York Times article reported occurrences of the same problem in 12 other states.

Percolate

1. *To drain or seep through a porous material or filter.
2. Informal To become lively or active.
3. Informal To spread slowly or gradually.

Synonyms

leach, filter, permeate

Sources

The Lost Continent (pg. 124)   |    New York Times |   Photo by: emdot




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