Inviting Atomic Catastrophe
Posted: 06/05/2012 4:57 pm
[Excerpted] "The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be holding a meeting this week to consider having nuclear power plants run 80 years -- although they were never seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems.
"The idea of keeping these reactors going for 80 years is crazy!" declares Robert Alvarez, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and former senior policy advisor at the U.S, Department of Energy and a U.S. Senate senior investigator. He is also an author of the book Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America's Experience with Atomic Radiation. "To double the design life of these plants -- which operate under high-pressure, high heat conditions and are subject to radiation fatigue -- is an example of out-of-control hubris, of believing your own lies."
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