Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Not To Worry- Can't Possibly Ever Happen Here...

There are 23 reactors in the United States that are identical or close to identical to the first Fukushima reactor.

While the propaganda arm of the nuclear industry bestow their blessings and reassurances of safety on the US public (notice the zero representation of any contradictory opinion on corporate media), one question remains- do you think Japanese construction quality is better or worse than good ol' cost cutting Yankee ingenuity? Hint: Think Japanese v American car quality in the 70's when many a nuke plant was made.

Anyway, if you're not already scared shitless for the safety of you and yours- try this on for size:

The reactor that got me involved in this issue, in southwest Michigan, Palisades nuclear power plant, has been storing its high-level radioactive waste in outdoor silos of concrete and steel on the beach of Lake Michigan, a hundred yards from the water, in violation of NRC earthquake regulations since 1993. An NRC whistleblower in Chicago called attention to this problem in 1994. Nothing’s been done. There are two dozen containers, dry casks, of high-level radioactive waste next to the drinking water supply for 40 million people downstream in the U.S. and Canada, in violation of NRC earthquake regulations.

...Well, at Fermi 2 in Michigan, again, the same exact design as the Fukushima Daiichi unit 1, the emergency diesel generators in the year 2006 were discovered to have not been operable for 20 years. From 1986 to 2006, the emergency diesel generators at Fermi 2 in Michigan would not have operated if called upon. So, thank God that they were not needed during that 20-year period of time, or we could have lost Detroit, or we could have lost Toledo, or we could have lost Windsor, Ontario. That’s the level of safety with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the industry in this country.   --Kevin Kamps

Feeling reassured yet? For the rest of this rather enlightening info...

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