The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is responsible for all “policies and regulations governing nuclear reactor and materials safety,” reports NRC.gov. With a budget of $1 billion and 4000 employees, they are also in charge of licensing and litigation issues for the ninety-nine existing nuclear power plants in America. Within the confines of these aging nuclear facilities, reports the Orange County Register, there are a total of ninety cooling pools filled with densely packed spent fuel rods. Every one of these run the risk of “a crippling radioactive release and fire,” exposing us to even more Cesium-137 isotopes.

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