The Japanese reactors are far worse than they are telling us. It might take 100 years to clean it up, if/when they get the reactors under control.
CNN news on this issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXwI0HM9BYM
Decontamination processing is ongoing: http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20110624_7822.php
In the meanwhile nuclear waste going to Yucca Mountain is not an option
. So we continue to have no energy policy related to US nuclear power (and the nuclear waste).
"For nearly thirty years, NRC waste-storage requirements have remained contingent on the opening of a permanent waste repository that has yet to materialize. Now that the Obama administration has canceled plans to build a permanent deep-disposal site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, spent fuel at the nation’s 104 reactors will continue to accumulate and is likely remain onsite for decades to come...
With a price tag of as much as $7 billion, the cost of fixing America’s nuclear vulnerabilities may sound high, especially given the heated budget debate occurring in Washington. But the price of doing too little is incalculable." by Robert Alvarez in The Nation
, June 20, 2011.