Not the James Taylor Song.
The current conditions facing two nuclear power plant in parts of the US.
Fortunately they are in conservative states so maybe the Christians can pray that no more shit hits the fan than already has.
I don’t know about you but I’d kind of rate being within a couple of hundred miles of a flooded out nuclear reactor as kind of a 9.7 on the ass pucker scale.
Maybe not quite an off the scale the way being in the vicinity of Fukushima but enough so that I might consider defaulting on the property and relocating to someplace where they have wind mills and solar panels instead. I realize its wimpy to prefer green over the nifty macho, what could possibly go wrong je ne sais quoi that embracing nuclear power plants brings, but I’m an old hippie and other than tritium night sights I’d rather avoid things that emit more than the background level of radiation.
I’m actually not completely opposed to nuclear power plants. Only smaller ones like they use on aircraft carriers and in really stable remote places. Not near earthquake fault lines, or rivers that flood. I guess we should also cross off places susceptible to tidal waves, hurricanes, tornadoes and wild fires.
Oh and it would be nice if they could recycle the waste into a closed loop system.
Otherwise use of radioactive material should be limited.
And considering the following stories perhaps we better think more about green alternative energy sources and conservation.
From The Kansas City Star: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/28/2981543/nebraska-nuclear-plant-threatened.html
Nebraska nuclear plant threatened by flooding is safe, scientists group finds
By STEVE EVERLY The Kansas City Star
Tue, Jun. 28, 2011
The Union of Concerned Scientists, one of the nuclear-power industry’s toughest critics, sprang into action when the Missouri River flood threatened the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska.
But after looking into the matter, the scientists group was reassured. Precautions had been taken to deal with the floodwaters, and federal inspectors had checked over the plant on Monday.
In addition, the plant had been offline since April for refueling — not up and generating power. As a result there would be far more time to deal with an emergency if one arose, such as a loss of electric power to the plant.
The group concluded it was a far different situation from what happened in Japan in March when a tsunami hit a complex of nuclear plants, cutting off their power, critically damaging them and releasing radiation into the sea and atmosphere.
No nuclear plant is without risks, and the flooding will complicate getting the Nebraska reactor back up and running. But “basically what we found was … good news,” said David Lochbaum, director of the nuclear safety project for the scientists group, which is based in Washington.
Los Alamos scurries to protect nuclear lab from fire
Nuclear weapons lab closes due to fire danger
Fire has potential to double or triple in size
By Zelie Pollon
Tue Jun 28, 2011
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., June 28 (Reuters) – New Mexico fire managers scrambled on Tuesday to reinforce crews battling a third day against an out-of-control blaze at the edge of one of the top U.S. nuclear weapons production centers.
The fire’s leading edge burned to within a few miles of a dump site where some 20,000 barrels of plutonium-contaminated waste, including clothing and equipment, is stored at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, fire officials said.
Officials for the government-run lab said the stored waste is considered low-level radioactive material and remains a safe distance from the fire in an area cleared of trees and other vegetation.
Carl Beard, director of operations for the lab, said there has been no release of radioactive or hazardous materials into the environment and there was no immediate threat to public safety, “even in these extreme conditions.”
Continue reading at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/29/usa-wildfires-nuclear-idUSN1E75R1KH20110629