Thanks Adam for pointing out the ubiquity of "diagrams of American nuclear power plants"
....I guess a modern-day Rip van Winkle just woke up ??
Much has been said about the subject in general, and some statements I have come across are perhaps worth repeating :
The terrorists targeted the WTC, because they knew the effects would be immediate and catastrophic. They did not target any Nuclear Power Plants, because they knew that, apart from causing some panic in the first few minutes and hours after an attack, the effects would be minimal. Even if some radiation were released due to cracking of containment structures (a very unlikely scenario), the result would be a very small theoretical increase in the probability of cancers in several years time. There are so many other targets which would generate spectacular, deadly results, and these results would be immediate. Obviously, for reasons of national security, these targets
should not be spelled out in newspaper articles, etc., at this sensitive time. (Look in any industrial areas; they are easy to spot.)
``While we understand the issue of plant security is on the minds of everyone who lives and works near a nuclear power plant, prudent steps have been taken to ensure the security of nuclear facilities in New York,'' IPPNY Executive Director Gavin Donohue said .... ``This campaign is nothing more than a self-serving attempt to take advantage of the tragedies of Sept. 11 to permanently shut down these facilities,''
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Incidentally, on the subject of Irene Kock's death recently in a car accident, I was reminded of another case of an un-natural death of an antinuke activist not long ago, that of UCS's Henry Kendall (in a scuba diving accident).
I wonder how many other antinukes have been victims of accidents, and whether their surviving colleagues will ever notice that there are plenty of other, far higher risks to life & limb in the world, than radiation & things nuclear.
It might help to compile a list -- possibly starting with Karen Silkwood. Any help would be appreciated.
From: Tom Adams [mailto:TomAdams@nextcity.com]
Sent: Wednesday January 30, 2002 1:51 PM
To: CNS listserv
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] Bush says terrorists had nuclear plant plans
Press release from the Nuclear Control Institute, Washington
For Immediate Release: CONTACT: Paul
Leventhal, Steve Dolley
Wednesday, January 30, 2002
PRESIDENT SAYS TERRORISTS HAD DIAGRAMS
OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS;
NRC MUST MOVE NOW ON MAJOR UPGRADE
OF SECURITY AGAINST ATTACK
Washington, D.C.---Last night, President Bush disclosed that
"diagrams of American nuclear
power plants" have been found among the items left by terrorists in
Afghanistan, but he failed to
announce what measures he will take to prevent these and other plants
from being successfully hit,
said Paul Leventhal, president of the Nuclear Control Institute.