Monday, March 11, 2013

Fukushima Means Nothing I Guess

Two years ago today the disaster that still is occurred in Japan. The mop up from that event has not even begun and the Obama administration is pushing ahead to enhance nuclear energy facilities here in the U.S.
"The Obama administration is following through on its pledge to push for commercialization of a new breed of small nuclear reactors." ~ from St. Louis Post-Dispatch article by Jeffrey Tomich.
Ameren Missouri is not going to quit until they have the taxpayers money in their back pocket and begin construction on the SMR project that that are partnering in with Westinghouse here in Missouri.

Again, and I know I sound like a broken record, but there is no discussion by the Department of Energy, Ameren or even the President about the issue of spent fuel and the permanent safe storage of this dangerous by-product of nuclear energy.

The Post-Dispatch article went on to say:
"Safety, in fact, is a selling point for designers of the new small reactors, which incorporated a number of passive safety features to help plants shut down safely in the event of a complete loss of power that caused reactor meltdowns and an explosion at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant."
Does no one think that continuing to store nuclear waste in spent fuel pools over the long-term a safety issue?

So I say to all involved "well done, take a bow, kudos for having your priorities straight".

1 comment:

  1. Short term safety is considered sexy now, a selling point as you say. Long term safety is just a bunch of smelly PETA and Greenpeace hippies whining about the phewture. yikes.