Warning Signals

Symbols for 10,000 years

Since the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act, the Government has been planning to create gigantic, underground waste dumps where the deadly byproducts of nuclear-power and -weapons plants could be isolated. The Department of Energy is currently considering nine sites in six states for the high-level radioactive garbage. But since the material will remain toxic for thousands of years, the Department of Energy contracted a special 13-member study panel in 1980 to explore how future inhabitants of earth might be protected from hazardous waste sites. The Human Interference Task Force, a team of nuclear physicists, linguists, engineers, anthropologists and...

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