Commonsense at the Nuclear Crossroads, an anti-nuclear group located in Asheville, North Carolina, has commissioned a report on plans for transport and reprocessing (falsely advertised as “burning up”) high-level nuclear waste. The report is available for free viewing and/or downloading.
This is a big and dangerous deal. Quoting from the report’s executive summary:
The DOE has proposed purchasing Transport, Aging and Disposal (TAD) canisters to handle this waste and has issued specifications for their manufacture. From the data tables it is calculated that, on average, each TAD canister will contain about one and a half times the fissile uranium in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, plus about ten times the amount of fissile plutonium in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. The number of these canisters needed to move the waste accumulated at each reactor site is calculated. This indicates the number of loads that would be needed.
We are all downwind.
Let’s imagine – I know this is far-fetched, but for purposes of discussion, we might try it anyhow – a political atmosphere dominated by fear of terrorists and their bombs. There are shoe bombs, pipe bombs, pressure cooker bombs, fertilizer bombs, tannerite bombs, suicide bomb vests, car bombs, truck bombs, improvised explosive devices, drone bombs, commercial airplanes used as bombs …
Whoa, there’s a lot to be worried about. Fear of terrorists and their bombs can be used to make an argument for lots of countermeasures. Obviously, all airplane travelers need to be searched before they board airplanes. Police need to be able to search anyone’s house when they are chasing a possible terrorist. Suspected terrorists who are caught by the police need to disappear into secret prisons forever … Continue reading “Life-threatening Issues”
… could mean many things. In this case, it means a documentary film, a little over an hour in length, which the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 recommends highly. It’s not about nuclear energy. It’s about the possibility of replacing nuclear energy – and fossil fuel energy – with clean, safe and affordable renewable energy. You can watch it, for free, right here. Continue reading “The Future of Energy …”
The idea of “reprocessing” spent nuclear fuel has repeatedly been beaten to death in the United States, but its advocates keep trying to bring it back to life. Part of the latest attempt to animate this corpse is Michigan State Senate Resolution 164 of 2016. Continue reading “A Zombie Proposal in Michigan’s Legislature”
(Originally published April 16, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)
As the Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3) enters its fifth year in 2016, we look back to 2015 as a significant and pivotal time for our organization. Continue reading “ATHF3 2015 Annual Report”
(Originally published March 5, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)
- Nuclear energy is clean – except for radioactive leaks and radioactive waste.
- Nuclear energy is safe – except for “normal” radioactive releases and the occasional overwhelming catastrophe.
- Nuclear energy is cheap – except for electric power customers who must pay for it.
- Nuclear energy is profitable – except for governments that heavily subsidize it.