CBS Reports on a slow moving train wreck in St. Louis. While we have written about the threat posed by America’s aging nuclear reactors, it seems we need to do a follow up on the prodigious amount of nuclear waste they produce – and how it is “safely” disposed.

Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet.

Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially “catastrophic event” that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely populated area near the city’s main airport.

While this particular environmental scenario – underground fires – is unique, the problem of nuclear waste and its health risks to the public is not. Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, for example, has the potential to leak into the groundwater.

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