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'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' reveals terrifying nuclear waste problem in the U.S.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver tackled the terrifying reality that there is more than 71,000 tons of nuclear waste just sitting around the nation's 104 nuclear reactors.

The reason there is so much waste sitting around is because scientists are still trying to figure out the best way to dispose of it.

Oliver said, "As any adult with an American Girl doll collection eventually finds out, if you want to keep something around for a disturbingly long time you've got to find an appropriate place to put it."

Oliver also talked about the failed attempts to store toxic waste. He pointed to Hanford Washington, which is apparently "most contaminated place in the entire western hemisphere."

There was a large storage tunnel built in Hanford but engineers used wood to build the tunnels and now they are collapsing. Oliver pointed out, "You can't build something out of wood and expect it to last forever. You're supposed to have learned that from the second-dumbest of the three little pigs."

Current plans are to move waste to Yucca Mountain in Nevada. But Oliver claims Yucca Mountain is a poor solution and likens it to defecating in paper bag instead of toilet.

Oliver ended by saying, "We've already waited way too long to resolve this issue and we are dancing with trouble here. So if anyone says the government can just continue to wait, they are, much like a house with no toilet, full of sh*t."