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NUCLEAR POWER and RADIOACTIVE WASTES – theme for June 2014

The world faces a dangerous and ever more pressing problem – nuclear wastes.

The logical steps to deal with nuclear wastes are:

1. Stop making the stuff.  Close down the commercial and military nuclear reactors that produce plutonium and other long-lived radioactive materials

2. Choose the “least worst” option to dispose of the existing nuclear wastes   - (a) Interim storage of radioactive wastes into above ground containers (b) Deep burial underground permanent repositories.

The nuclear lobby, desperate to stave off the death of its industry, comes up with grand promises of new Generation IV systems, reactors that will reprocess, “recycle” plutonium wastes into Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX)  to fuel for other Gen IV reactors.  At the end, highly toxic radioactive wastes are still produced.

And all this – despite the enormous costs, the very dangerous transport of plutonium, the risks of terrorism, the increased risks of weapons proliferation.

The nuclear lobby’s cries for Very High Temperature Reactors (VHTR)s, Super Critical Water Reactors (SCWR)s,  Molten Salt Reactors (MSR)s, Gas Cooled Fast rectors (GCFR)s, Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors (SCFR)s, Lead Cooled Fast Reactors (LCFR)s –  all desperate and conflicting cries for their own salvation, rather than any solution to wastes, costs, climate change, energy needs.

The worry is that the nuclear lobby might win, by manipulating governments and populations into buying their expensive and dangerous new toys –  because nobody really wants a nuclear waste tomb in their area.

The trouble is – nuclear cemeteries, however unappealing, are still the least worst option.

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June 12, 2014 - Posted by | Christina's themes

6 Comments »

  1. Your article makes a very good point.

    Here are some other articles of possible interest:

    No Safe Dose – Japan’s Low-Dose Radiation Disaster
    Rense, 7-9-12

    http://rense.com/general95/no-safe-dose.htm

    Tepco’s Disinformation
    June 27th, 2012

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/06/never-ending-load-of-gobshite-from-the-lying-bastards-of-tokyo-electric-power-company/

    Humanity at the Height of Folly: Nuclear Power and Earthquake Zones
    June 20, 2012

    http://www.activistpost.com/2012/06/humanity-at-height-of-folly-nuclear.html

    The Arsonist Investigating The Fire
    5-31-12

    http://rense.com/general95/tokyoars.html

    “Fifty Year Battle” To Save Japan Rages On
    April 7th, 2012

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/04/tepcos-cheapskate-tactics-put-world-at-risk/

    Japanese Food Radioactive
    March 10th, 2012

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/03/japanese-food-radioactive/

    Japan’s Nuclear Disaster: Radiation Still Leaking, Recovery Still Years Away?
    September 19th, 2011

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/09/japan%E2%80%99s-nuclear-disaster-radiation-still-leaking-recovery-still-years-away/

    Censorship in Japan: The Fukushima Cover-up
    June 29th, 2011

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/06/censorship-in-japan-the-fukushima-cover-up/#more-34287

    Earthquake and Nuke Fatigue
    April 13, 2011
    Counterpunch

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/04/13/earthquake-and-nuke-fatigue/

    Comment by Richard Wilcox | September 30, 2012 | Reply

  2. I voted against nuclear power in California when I had the chance in the mid-1970’s. It was a Proposition on the ballot at that time. I was working as a secretary/receptionist for a talent agency in West L.A., and I remember trying to explain to the mailman who came every morning to the office that the nuclear industry had no idea what to do with nuclear waste, and that the whole industry was stupid and dangerous. This was before the internet, and I actually learned what was up from reading the L.A. Times and Mother Jones magazine, which was brand new way back then. Now, 35 years later, the whole world is dying from this stuff, and it’s going to get worse. I am glad I am over 60. I have no hope for the future. The brain-dead rule, and the brain-dead vote.

    Comment by Helene Thomson | September 30, 2012 | Reply

  3. […] June 12, 2014 Posted by Christina MacPherson | Christina’s themes | 2 Comments […]

    Pingback by LA ENERGÍA NUCLEAR Y EL PROBLEMA DE LOS RESIDUOS RADIOACTIVOS « MARIA URIZAR, consecuencias de Fukushima, Chernobil,...apagón informativo, censura y mentiras. | June 27, 2014 | Reply

  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Fusion

    Those guys claim their Lead-cooled MTF Fusion Reactor only emits Helium as exhaust.
    I’m skeptical, not that past performance in related industry is any guarantee of future results (except for that related industry!!!).

    http://www.generalfusion.com/generator_design.html

    Perhaps some of the technology needed for LCFR is better applied for fusion instead.

    Still, if she ever blew, it could be a big lead-oxide white cloud, eh? Drooling could become commonplace for any (surviving) locals, possibly. Er, there’s probably much better ways to boil water, or lead, aren’t there? :rolleyes:

    Comment by Dud | June 29, 2014 | Reply

  5. HI Christina — just discovering your terrific compilations…clear commentary and wonderful use of graphics! Thank you! going to send folks here…doing a power point for the national convention (USA) of Veterans for Peace and will reference your images for timelines here. Thanks for the shout out on women (and girls) and radiation…under reported, and something every parent / woman needs to know! — Mary Olson

    Comment by Mary Olson | July 21, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks so much, Mary. That means a lot to me, as I have been relying on your stuff, especially about women. http://www.nirs.org/radiation/radhealth/radiationwomen.pdf
      In fact, we did meet, ever so briefly, at the symposium in New York last year. My real name is Noel Christina Wauchope. As I was working in a conservative institution, I had to pick my middle names, Christina Macpherson, to run my blogs. Now that I have left that job, I can freely use my real name.
      Right now, I am very concerned at the machinations going on in USA about the EPA changing their radiation safety rules. But I bet that you are right up with all this.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | July 22, 2014 | Reply


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