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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] Diaz, chairman of the NRC, does not believe undue risks posed by 40,000 casks of spent nuclear fuel
I am not concerned about the actual heath effects of an attack, but it is hard to deny that the REACTION to an attack on a spent fuel carrying train would have a major impact on the economy of the local area.
I still have difficulty understanding why it is necessary to plan on massive movements of spent fuel - it is not dangerous right where it is and moving it costs enormous quantities of money without any real benefit.
BTW - in case anyone wants to jump in, I realize that we already transport small quantities of spent fuel, but there is a huge difference in volume between the shipments that have already occurred and those that are planned if we start consolidating fuel into a single location. I would be more supportive if we were talking about regional consolidation that took into account an effort to minimize the amount of transportation needed.
In a message dated 3/20/05 4:55:20 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Jerry Cuttler wrote:
> But suppose a train transporting spent fuel rods was attacked in a
> more populated setting, said Jason Groenewold, director of the Health
> Environment Alliance of Utah.
To heck with that - suppose an asteroid the size of Jupiter hit that
train. That would kill everyone in the solar system. Clearly the
risk of using trains is too great. We should use ox carts instead.
Randal Leavitt gnupg public key: bbbad04d
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