Guests will be Lloyd Marbet, Executive Director of Oregon Conservancy Foundation and Local attorney Greg Kafoury. Both guests have been in the trenches opposing nuclear energy since the late 1970's, successfully fighting to close Oregon's only nuclear facility, Trojan, which was finally demolished in May of 2006. (See accompanying graphic for a listing of problems with just this particular facility)|
According to a recent poll, close to 80% of U.S. citizens feel comfortable with our nuclear energy technology. But I wonder if they would feel that comfortable if they were hearing more than the pablum that passes for information on our local and cable news stations.
For instance, much has been discussed about the dangers of the spent nuclear pools drying out. I've even heard that at one of the Fukishima facilities there is 125 some odd tons, of this material, a 1/4 million pounds.
They also say that the U.S. has 104 of nuclear facilities and there are over 400 worldwide. No attempt has been made to measure the total amount of this material, or even mention the fact that no one has any idea what to do with it. And this material lasts for centuries. How many million pounds of this radioactive material is sitting in holding ponds, some near seismic fault lines, or in the path of possible tsunamis, floods, or volcanos?
Wouldn't the average person find this alarming, and maybe even conclude that we should stop certifying these dangerous facilities and maximize our efforts to move towards really sustainable and green energy program?
Shouldn't they at least be informed that our governments, nuclear watchdog agencies and energy corporations has allowed this circumstance and profited from their construction and operation? But nothing has been said, at least when I was watching, about the fact that there is no safe way to store this material or the magnitude of the nuclear waste involved.
Perhaps we need much more than more stringent standards; perhaps the profit incentive has drifted our leaders away from their primary obligation to protect the public. Most of these 400 or so facilities are still operating, and many countries, the U.S. included, have plans to build more.
Please tune in to the program this evening, channel 11, from 7 - 8:00. Lloyd and Greg will have much to pass along to the viewers, and there is the possibility of phone calls from some experts in the field.