The more research I do, the more depressing the results. The article below (linked to its source) was published in 2010. In terms of radioactive half-life four years does not make a difference.
Googling “radiation leak Hanford” will return enough entries to make anyone’s head spin. Hanford is not the only nuclear waste site in the United States. The EPA references over a thousand nuclear waste sites in the United States alone. Projecting this on a global scale boggles the mind.
I can’t help but wonder if the general plan from the 1940s until today(?) has been, “let’s take the money now and let those guys in the future figure things out.”
Bummer for us is that we are those guys.