Is no information better than partial information?

March 28, 2009

This is the question that can be raised when reading something like this. It says that the USA is to design and construct a national storage facility for storage of nuclear waste in Amman. It is supposed to last for “five decades”.

Almost everybody knows that nuclear waste is dangerous for a lot more than 50 years. Moreover, what is the waste that is to be stored? There are three classes of nuclear waste, ranging from low, intermediate and high level. What is this facility to be designed for? Why in Amman? What happens after 50 years?

As I read this, I get the distinct feeling that this is not being treated with the seriousness it deserves, whether on the political or on the technical levels. Anybody who is skeptical about the nuclear program in Jordan will not be reassured by this piece of “information”.

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