You may have heard propaganda saying something like, “Once mankind cleared out of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, wildlife is thriving in spite of the radiation.” Well, that’s just wrong. Wildlife is not thriving.
What has happened downwind and of Chernobyl and Fukushima could happen downwind of Fermi or more than a hundred other reactors in the US and Canada.
Before Fukushima, before Chernobyl, before Three Mile Island, there is the legendary story of Fermi-1: “We Almost Lost Detroit.” It was the title of the popular nuclear power primer by John Fuller and the classic and famous anti-nuclear anthem by the late Gil-Scott Heron.
On October 5, 1966, the Fermi-1 experimental fast breeder reactor (designed to produce plutonium) suffered a partial meltdown when a piece of zirconium plating became dislodged by the flow of the reactor’s liquid sodium coolant. The melting of the highly-enriched uranium fuel was an extremely precarious situation and it would be nearly nine years before the harrowing story would be made public in Fuller’s account. Continue reading “FERMI-1 AT 50: ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN”
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.
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”
CANADIAN COALITION FOR NUCLEAR RESPONSIBILITY
CITIZENS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION ENVIRONMENTALISTS, INC – LONE TREE COUNCIL
NUCLEAR INFORMATION AND RESOURCE SERVICE
SAVANNAH RIVER SITE WATCH – SIERRA CLUB
Groups File for Injunction to
KEEP LIQUID RADIOACTIVE WASTE OFF OUR HIGHWAYS
On Wednesday, October 5 of 2016, Alliance To Halt Fermi 3 will hold a press conference in Monroe, MI to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our close escape from widespread disaster. In the evening, we will present several speakers on issues of nuclear power at University of Detroit Mercy. See our Calendar for details.
Southeast Michigan nearly had its own Chernobyl before Chernobyl; its own Three Mile Island before Three Mile Island. 50 years ago, the Fermi 1 reactor near Monroe had a meltdown. It’s still not completely decommissioned. Continue reading “When We Almost Lost Detroit”