Oh look. One of the hippies has popped up and he is just as uneducated as the rest of his pot smoking tribe. Like the rest of them he hasn't a clue what he is talking about. Looks like some other posters have beating me to showing you the fool you are, but let me add to your education.
All coal contain natural radioactive components. When this coal is burned in a power plant that radioactive component is released right into the environment. Coal burning power plants also are a major cause of green house gases, something nuclear power plants are not. If man made climate change is a reality coal burning plants are a major cause of that. Nuclear power is not. Burning coal in unclean plants release tons of sulfur into the atmosphere which turns into acid rain. This acid rain kill millions of acre of trees and plant life each year. Coal also is a major cause of human repertory problems too. Nuclear power plants cause none of this.
Releasing radioactivity for hundreds of millions of years? What is in that weed you are smoking? Seriously, you really should attempt to educate yourself on a subject before you speak. Even the worse nuclear disaster in history, Chernobyl, will not continue to radiate for hundreds of millions of years. As for the Fukushima, those power plants where hit with a disaster clearly they where not designed for. But if you hippies had shut your bong holes those plants would have been long retired and replace with a much safer design.
Yes, eliminated, as in nuclear waste. The only reason its waste is because we can't do anything with it because you fucking hippies had to keep protesting and the research stopped. That left us with the only option to store it on site. When we try to move to a safer site, you fools line the roads to stop the shipments.
If the research could have continued we could have be re-manufacturing the wastes instead of storing it. In spent fuel rods over 80% of it is still usable if the spent part is processed out. That fuel rod could be reintroduced and the used again. As for the remaining wastes, if research could have continued we might have a productive use for it too.
If fools like you had kept your mouth shut about thing you know nothing about, as you clearly do not, we might have had reactors that are 100 times as efficient as the crap we have today. We might have reactors in use who's design would have made events like fukushima and chernobyl impossible because of the way they are designed..
And finally you god damn fucking hippie. We might have fusion working today. Fusion you god damn pot headed bastard. Fusion, the cleanest source of power there is. If uneducated fools like you had kept your mouths shut there would be no fission, no coal plants, no rivers damned, no fossil fuels, and no green house gases. We might have had a clean and unlimited source of energy. There would be no fighting in the middle east over oil resources. None of that would exist. With that source of energy we could have turned this god forsaken mud ball in to a paradise.
But you fucking hippies had to fuck it all up because you where to damn stupid to try to understand what you where protesting. Thank you very fucking much.