Why did Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant dump 500.000 gallons of
radioactive water into the
The spent fuel pool was full and LEAKING. What about other
pools? They are all filling up ?
An omen of things to come ?
Right now, there are two methods
of storing nuclear waste. One involves storing spent (toxic)
fuel at the bottom of large concrete steel-lined pools while it
cools—a process that takes anywhere from one to five years. The
other method is dry cask storage, which involves storing cooled
large, heavy steel cylinders that sit above ground and
provide leak-tight containment.
For a pictorial explanation on
dry cask storage on one plant ] see
The old spent fuel rods now
being stored on-site in five massive dry casks, weighing about
160 tons apiece. The move should end strontium 90 contamination
at the plant, company and regulatory officials say.
“This is a big milestone for us,”
said Donald Mayer, the Entergy Nuclear official in charge of
Indian Point’s efforts to control the groundwater contamination.
“What this ultimately does is take all of (the strontium 90)
“We’ve said from the beginning
that an essential part of the strategy for reducing additional
contamination was removing the fuel and draining the pool,” said
Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
into the river !!
nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey is the
oldest plant in the country. Commissioned in Dec of 1969 is now
asking for a license extension to operate another 20 years
(aside from other serious problems at the plant right now)
The plant sits
within the fastest growing area in
Vermont Yankee wants dry casks
storage . commissioned in 1972, pool full. Will the contaminated
water go into the
There are 46 storage sites across
the country now in the same position until a national
repository is built.
Salem N.J. was
commissioned in 1977, the pools are filling. Where will that
water go. Into the
Question : Is this
the example we have to look forward
to when the rest of the nuclear pools at the over 100 nuclear
plants fill up ????
permanent storage in
The Bush administration'
Rep. Jim Matheson,
D-Utah, a member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air
Quality, where the news was delivered. "We need to look at
whether proceeding (with
fail to read this :
shocking is that the Transportation Aging and Disposal casks the
Department of Energy plans to use have not even been designed
yet. The Department says that 90% of nuclear waste will be
shipped using these transportation-
“cheap” nuclear power anyone ?