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[cdn-nucl-l] Decommissioning reactors hazards the Great Lakes
The Economist of November 17th 2001 has an article about future pollution in
the Great Lakes in which is included the statement "there is the hazardous
prospect of decommissioning Ontario's two dozen ageing nuclear reactors,
which line the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Huron."
It is disturbing that a reporter employed by the prestigious Economist has
some strange ideas of what decommissioning a nuclear power station is all
about. But this otherwise sensible article has a few errors which point to
sloppy distorted reporting, particularly since the article is bylined from
Ottawa and not written in far off UK.
"The huge quantities of manure spread on farms in Quebec" can hardly get
into the Great Lakes since the mighty St. Lawrence river flows the other
way. Also there are only 20 Ontario nuclear reactors on Lake Ontario and
Lake Ontario and not 24 as in the article. Would that there were 4 more
reactors plus many others really lining the shores which would reduce the
global warming which is mentioned in the article as a cause of a future
permanent fall in the water levels.
I have visited a decommissioned reactor at Berkley in the UK and nobody
expressed concern about hazards to the nearby River Severn.