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Nuclear power – no good for South Africa – or anywhere

flag-S.Africa Nuclear is polluting http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/letters/2015/09/25/letter-nuclear-is-polluting Judith Taylor EarthLife Africa Joburg SEPTEMBER 25 2015, IT IS a long-standing misconception that nuclear provides base-load power and is reliable.

Nuclear power does not create the easily observed health effects of coal-fired power stations, but the process of mining uranium and producing the fuel rods is highly polluting and has appalling health effects on the mine workers, their families and the receiving environment.

Nuclear is becoming extremely expensive, while sustainable power solutions are falling in price rapidly.

The decommissioning of nuclear power plants has never been done successfully anywhere in the world.

The ability of the nuclear industry to contain sites where accidents have occurred has been proven not to exist. This has exposed, and is exposing, entire communities to radiation and radiation-related diseases.

 

September 26, 2015 - Posted by | general

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