Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Nuclear Power, from Japan to home

 

We are learning quite a bit about all those things the Japanese were told would not go wrong with nuclear power there and did, but what have we learned about safety of nuclear plants over here in the US?  One thing we are learning is that ‘we don’t know what to do with nuclear waste’ is not merely an energy talking point. 

Those spent fuel rods that remained housed in the nuclear facilities in Japan, the ones they were going to take care of, didn’t get removed and are now causing much of the problems.  How are we doing with that over here?

West Valley Nuclear Waste Facility Case Study - GrowWNY  "In light of the recent tsunami in Japan and the storm's impact on nuclear power plants there, GrowWNY.org asked a local community group - Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes - to share their story on the nuclear facility in our region and the ongoing effort to clean up the waste that remains. From: Mapping Waste: Setting the Stage to Clean-Up Niagara* In 1961, New York State acquired a 3,345-acre site of farmland and woods in Cattaraugus County, NY, mostly through the process of eminent domain, as a future site for a new venture encouraged by the federal Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).  This new venture, then known as the West Valley Nuclear Facility, was the first and, as of this date, the only commercial reprocessing facility in the United States.  Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) was selected as the operator and did so from 1966 until 1972 when it suspended operations to apply for modifications and re-licensing. " (March 15, 2011)  GrowWNY

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