Gordon Edwards states: Radioactive materials continue to emit atomic radiation at a rate which cannot be influenced by any of the usual factors: heat, pressure, chemical reactions, absorption, dilution, compaction -- NOTHING can be used to speed, up, slow down, or stop the process of radioactive disintegration from occurring.
This central fact means that "radioactive cleanup" is a very misleading phrase. It suggests to ordinary folks that we can somehow "get rid" of radioactive contamination -- but we cannot do so, at least not in any absolute sense.
All we can do is move the contamination from one place to another.
If you "decontaminate" one site, you must be contaminating another site. The contamination may be repackaged, or consolidated, or managed, or made less available to the environment of living things, but it cannot be eliminated.
Governments and their electorates have been misled by the nuclear industry into believing false notions about nuclear waste.
Laws have been passed, billions of dollars spent, nuclear expansion plans approved, based on the erroneous impression that nuclear scientists know how to "clean up" and "dispose" of nuclear waste. They do not know how to do so, except in a temporary and superficial manner.