Vt Nuke Plant Leaks Renew Debate Over Aging Plants

Vermont nuke plant: 27th of 104 US reactors with known leaks of radioactive tritium

By DAVE GRAM Associated Press Writer
MONTPELIER, Vt. February 1, 2010 (AP)

 (AP)

Radioactive tritium, a carcinogen discovered in potentially dangerous levels in groundwater at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, has now tainted at least 27 of the nation's 104 nuclear reactors — raising concerns about how it is escaping from the aging nuclear plants. (We have now “progressed” from 20 plants to 27 )

The leaks — many from deteriorating underground pipes — come as the nuclear industry is seeking and obtaining federal license renewals, casting itself as a clean-green alternative to power plants that burn fossil fuels. ( None of the requests to relicense these plants to operate another 20 years have been refused )

http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/applications.html

 

I know you heard all this before, but to be able to read it in the Houston Chronicle is a huge step toward getting the truth out.

From the Houston Chronicle,

Sure it’s an opinion column, but  some of the papers are now willing to let opposing views be heard. (The Wilmington DE “News Journal” refuses to publish mine )

The nuclear option is hardly a viable one

By OLIVE HERSHEY
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Jan. 30, 2010, 4:23PM

Nuclear power is not a viable answer to climate change. Houstonians and Texans have cheaper, smarter and safer ways to meet our energy needs.

Nuclear power is heavily subsidized by taxpayers and ratepayers, is prone to delay and cost overruns, and incurs radioactive risks, including the apparent impossibility of safely storing radioactive waste. Nuclear reactors consume vast quantities of precious water. Investing billions of dollars in more nuclear power would divert funding that would be better spent on energy efficiency and safer, cleaner renewable energy such as solar, wind and geothermal.    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/6843645.html  . The good news is that effective and affordable energy solutions are already being used and improved. Texas now leads the nation in wind power. West Texas wind that comes in at night can be perfectly paired with solar energy generated during the day, and natural gas and peaking plants can bridge the gaps between them………( two reactors planned for South Texas have now been put on hold)

George Bernard Shaw:

New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths.