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Re: [cdn-nucl-l] Calgary Herald: Let's close the door and our mindsto nuclear power
there are two things that need to be done, at minimum.
You need to refute the NYAS Chernobyl Report (you need to do it very
publicly and you need to do it now),
and you need to track the human medical effects of Fukushima. Hard data.
On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 1:53 PM, Jerry Cuttler <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> This anti-nuclear editorial is a very logical analysis.
> With the universal fear that any amount of radiation can cause fatal
> cancers, how to demonstrate or convince anyone that nuclear energy is safe?
> Let's close the door and our minds to nuclear power
> By Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald March 19, 2011
> Over the decades, I have tried very hard to be openminded about nuclear
> power. I have met with nuclear scientists who work for the nuclear industry,
> held editorial board meetings with them, read their literature and several
> books that made arguments in favour of building more nuclear power plants.
> It was hard work for me. As a teenager, I could often be found protesting
> against anything nuclear. Dr. Helen Caldicott was one of my heroes, and I
> attended and watched more special screenings of her Academy Award-winning
> film, If You Love the Planet, than my friends watched the hunky Harrison
> Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark and all subsequent Indiana Jones movies. The
> 32nd anniversary of the partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island
> nuclear plant in Pennsylvania is coming up on March 28. Just 12 days prior
> to that accident, the 1979 movie, The China Syndrome, starring Jane Fonda
> and Jack Lemmon, opened to critical acclaim but scientific derision from
> nuclear experts at the time saying such an accident was unlikely to ever
> Less than two weeks later, they were eating their words, but still pointing
> out how exceedingly rare a core meltdown would be.
> Then, in 1986, while travelling around Europe, the Chornobyl nuclear power
> plant melted down and exploded. Forget about enjoying a nice latte in Piazza
> San Marco in Venice. No milk available. It was too radioactive. No lettuce,
> no tomatoes -virtually no fresh produce was available, as Europe was coated
> with the radioactive dust from the fire caused by that accident that has
> claimed thousands of lives and rendered a chunk of Ukraine uninhabitable for
> about 25,000 years.
> The Soviet communist government at the time lied constantly to the world and
> their own people about the gravity of the risks. Indeed, many of those who
> died from thyroid cancer after the explosion likely would have lived much
> longer had the communists simply banned the sale of milk.
> And now we have Fukushima in Japan. Apparently, the reactors held up
> relatively well after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11. The
> subsequent, predictable tsunami is to blame for the nuclear calamity. Some
> experts now say that had the backup generators to the six nuclear reactors
> simply been raised several storeys out of the basement, none of this would
> have happened.
> That nuclear power plants were allowed to be built in such a volatile
> earthquake zone is astonishing. But to then not raise the reactors out of
> harm's way of a tsunami is, frankly, criminal.
> Reached at a hotel in Montreal on Thursday night, Dr. Helen Caldicott, my
> old hero, takes no pleasure in being able to say "I told you so" about her
> prediction on page 87 of her 2006 book, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer.
> "If you build nuclear reactors on an earthquake fault next to the sea, this
> is inevitable and I kept saying it over and over for 35 years. It is also
> going to happen in the U.S. sooner rather than later," she said, referring
> to Diablo Canyon and San Onofre, two nuclear power plants in California
> located on earthquake faults, and susceptible to tsunamis.
> Richard Meserve, a former Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman, told The
> Wall Street Journal earlier this week that the Japanese reactors experienced
> a "one-two punch of events beyond what anyone could expect or what was
> Utter nonsense, says Caldicott. "It was inevitable and totally predictable."
> Indeed, events like the one at Fukushima had been foretold in a 1990 report
> by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the U.S. stating that power outages
> to the backup diesel generators at nuclear plants in earthquake zones
> leading to the failure of the cooling systems would be the "most likely
> causes" for a nuclear accident by external events.
> "Nuclear reactors are the most dangerous machines mankind has ever built,"
> Caldicott said.
> Iouli Andreev, a Russian nuclear accident specialist who was brought in to
> help make Chornobyl safer, is slamming the United Nations' International
> Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and nuclear corporations for dismissing lessons
> from Chornobyl to ensure that expansion of the industry continued.
> Andreev told Reuters news agency that a fire that released radiation on
> Tuesday involved spent fuel rods stored close to the reactors at Fukushima,
> a clear example of putting profits before safety.
> "The Japanese were very greedy and they used every square inch of the space.
> But when you have a dense placing of spent fuel in the basin you have a high
> possibility of fire if the water is removed from the basin," Andreev said.
> That is exactly what has happened in Japan.
> The 25th anniversary of Chornobyl -ranked a level-7 nuclear accident -is
> coming up on April 26. Caldicott predicts that Fukushima, currently ranked a
> six on the scale of severity, will surpass Chornobyl "by orders of
> magnitude," by then.
> Chornobyl had only been operating for three months. Fukushima has reactors
> that are about 40 years old. "There's a hell of a lot more radiation there
> than at Chornobyl," it's leaking and those brave workers who are sacrificing
> themselves to prevent a full meltdown are improvising, said Caldicott.
> Humans are fallible and nuclear power cannot be. Ultimately, that's what
> renders it absurd.
> It's past time to close the door and our minds to nuclear power.
> Licia Corbella is a columnist and editorial page editor.
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