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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nuke bungling at Hanford draws federal scrutiny

The commercial nuclear power plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, on the Columbia River in south central Washington, has had a series of screwups while it's been shut down for refueling since last spring -- five of them, to be exact. And they're serious enough that even the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, usually a lapdog for the atomic power industry, is in town asking questions.

Let's see: faulty procedures, bad communications, human error, failed computers, shoddy maintenance.... it's all there. And those are the parts they're telling you about.

Safe, clean, cheap, "green" nuclear power -- what could go wrong?

Ask these people.

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...what could go wrong?...

We could be sitting ducks here.

Five screwups - is there something about that number? - since we have five screwups in council as well.

Anyway back to Hanford, imagine most people won't pay attention until...

"What’s emerging in Japan six months since the nuclear meltdown at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant is a radioactive zone bigger than that left by the 1945 atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While nature reclaims the 20 kilometer (12 mile) no-go zone, Fukushima’s $3.2 billion-a-year farm industry is being devastated and tourists that hiked the prefecture’s mountains and surfed off its beaches have all but vanished."

Not so safe, not so clean, not so cheap, eh?

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