Money Still Trumps Human Life in U.S. Nuclear Power Industry?

posted by admin @ 18:27 PM
March 8, 2013

O.K. O.K. I’m not happy.  I had a huge lead on the ‘truth’ of why basketball player, Dennis Rodman, was really in North Korea, and how he got a ‘private’ meeting with president, Kim Jong-il––but Jael pulled me back to the U.S. to check on new stories about leaks in nuclear power plants!  How can I be an international correspondent when I’m not allowed to follow-up ‘zowee’ stories like this one.

2 men suited    Oh well, that’s on Jael.  You know bosses, they think they know everything.  OK she says Nuc Experts in the U.S. insist:  1) Leaks found in plants here; 2) Regulators found in ‘Cahoots with plant owners;’ 3) Owners refusing to move waste materials to safer areas; 4) Politicians aren’t listening.  So what else is new!

In ‘6 Tanks at Hanford Nuclear Site in Wash. Leaking,’ Associated Press reporter, Shannon Dininny, cites Washington State governor, Jay Inslee, who told federal officials that “Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are leaking.”

So then Inslee tells the public: “the leaking material poses no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take a while—perhaps years––to reach groundwater.” And the feds are trying to decide what to do????

Dininny writes:  “Hanford’s tanks hold some 53 million gallons of highly radioactive waste—enough to fill dozens of Olympic-size swimming pools—and many of those tanks are known to have leaked in the past. An estimated 1 million gallons of radioactive liquid already leaked there.” And feds are trying to do . . .?

The problem:  “Cleanup is expected to . . . cost billions of dollars.” And profit-making nuclear plant owners do not want to pay to clean-up their own mess.  Reporting on leaking waste at New York plants, Eric Lipton and Matthew L. Wald point out in ‘Post-Fukushima, Arguments for Nuclear Safety Bog Down’ on Constellation Energy, owner of the famous Nine Mile Point plant on Lake Ontario:

“It was part of an intense lobbying campaign against a proposed rule that would require utilities to spend millions of nuclear-reactor-meltdowndollars on safety equipment that could reduce the effects of an accident like the Fukushima meltdown. . . the company tried to show it could handle emergencies without new devices and, of course, everything went according to plan.

“The industry has held private meetings with commissioners and their staffs, organized a drill like the one . . . and helped line up . . .support from dozens of members of Congress, many of whom received industry campaign contributions.”

As head of Nuc. Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko, said: “ . . . too often, when faced with tough policy calls, a majority of this current commission has taken an approach that is not as protective of public health and safety . . .”

So money trumps lives?  Plus size Christian t-shirts ask Americans to pray.  Only God can protect us from these leaks:  “The LORD is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous (Proverbs 15: 29).”

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