Unheeded Warnings: Earthquakes and Nuclear Power, Part 2

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 19:45 PM
March 24, 2011

Some nations are rethinking the use and storage of nuclear power.  News sources claim that Germany, which shut down its seven oldest reactors for safety checks after the Japanese disaster, plans to close all of its nuclear power plants in the near future.  They will rely more on solar, wind and geothermal energy sources.  Austria proudly reminds others in the European Union that it phased out nuclear energy in the 1970s.  Only France, which uses nuclear power for about 80% of its electricity, insists that it will keep its energy plans focused on nuclear power.  But few spokespersons there have addressed pending problems of nuclear storage. 

 Reporting on intense state-by-state studies from Associated Press teams,  Jonathan Fahey cites 71,862 tons of nuclear waste––still hot and radioactive–– scattered across over 30 states in the United States.  He also points out that it is stored waste causing much of Japan’s nuclear problems:  “Spent fuel at Dai-ichi overheated, possibly melting fuel-rod casings and spewing radiation into the air, after Japan’s tsunami knocked out power to cooling systems at the plant.”  

 Keith Darce’s Union-Tribune article adds that even before the Japanese debacle, government officials and nuclear plant operators in the United States began looking for ideal “small towns” in which to store smaller batches of spent nuclear fuel.  President Obama appointed the “Blue Ribbon Commission for American’s Nuclear Future,” for just that purpose.  So that rather than some 30 nuclear waste sites, this nation would have hundreds of sites.  Keep in mind that spent fuels must be transported from producing plants to these “small towns.”

 One must also keep in mind that spent fuel can seep into both air and water, and decay growing over decades and  centuries can seep through so-called fail-safe underground concrete, steel and other containment vessels.  But Jeremy van Loon writes in Bloomberg that according to university researchers, “Storing nuclear waste above ground at atomic power plants for as long as six decades may be the best temporary solution in the U.S. for the dangerous refuse.”  The same researchers admit radioactive waste is dangerous for thousands of years. 

 So much for six decades.  But then other researchers insist that modern technology can keep nuclear waste safe for as long as 100,000 years.  More insanity.  It is also insane to build these nuclear systems to provide a few years of fuel with a deadly substance that will last hundreds, if not thousands, of years.  Is it not extreme arrogance to give some people electricity for a few years, while endangering the lives of others for hundreds of years?  Well wrote the prophet Jeremiah, “It is of The LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not (3: 22).”  In view of that mercy, surely it is time for Christian companies to produce plus size Christian t-shirts blaring the message, “No More Nuclear Energy.”  It is also time for believers to do much, much more!

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