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Nuclear Issues
Alphabetical List of Links by Subject

Atomic Tourist "tourist locations around the world that have either been the site of atomic explosions, display exhibits on the development of atomic devices, or contain vehicles that were designed to deliver atomic weapons"
The Enemy Within article from The Nation - "There's scarcely a state in the union that hasn't got tanks or barrels of nuclear waste, or decommissioned reactors saturated with radioactive materials. Most Interstates carry trucks hauling mobile Chernobyls around the country"
NRC Asleep at the Switch
Nuclear Power & Corporate/Regulatory Collusion by Mary Zepernick. “The number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."
Nuclear Power Plants "Meltdown at Three Mile Island" from PBS
Nuclear Power Plants "Russian Roulette: A Report on the Safety and Security of Russia's Nuclear Arsenal" from PBS
Nuclear Waste Route Maps Punch in your home address, and see how close the nuclear-waste-laden trucks will pass by your house
Yucca Mountain Project government explanation


A New Nuclear Arms Race: Why Peace Activists Must Wage an Open Battle Against the Democratic Party By Scott Tucker. The New York Times published a front-page story on Sept. 22 titled “U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal In Nuclear Arms”... KANSAS CITY, Mo.—A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines... It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers... This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for ‘a nuclear-free world’ and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy.... Obama does not just adapt to circumstances, but he is a commander in chief who is an agent of war and empire... This huckster of hope and change keeps his cool and serves the corporate state with conviction. "

Nuclear Power – Dirty, Dangerous and Dishonest Nuclear power, like nuclear weapon production, has been and always will be a socialistic enterprise almost totally supported, insured and funded by taxpayer dollars. --Helen Cadicott. M.D.

American nuclear power plants generate an estimated 85,000 metric tons of toxic spent fuel rods that must be isolated for tens of thousands of years. A Nevada state agency reported that after 10 years out of service an unshielded spent fuel assembly would emit enough radiation to kill someone standing three feet away in fewer than three minutes.

Little known to the public and not prominently advertized by the nuclear power lobby is the Price Anderson Nuclear Indemnity Act, which subsidized nuclear power from the beginning. When the power plants were about ready to come on line in the middle 1950s, the industry told the Congress that their liability insurance on the open market would be equal to all their operating cost.

The nuclear plants are notorious for cost overruns. The first projected costs for the Comanche Peak plant in Somerville County, Texas were $750 million. The final cost was $12 billion.

The nuclear industry has not solved the waste disposal problem. A 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant generates 30 tons of radioactive water per year, plutonium and spent fuel rods. This waste remains radioactive for tens of thousands of year. Most nuclear waste is stored in cooling pools and dry casks on the reactor site.

According to Helen Caldicott, in Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer, there are places in the US and different countries “where huge quantities of reprocessed toxic material waste are left unconfined, leaking and seeping through soils into aquifers, lakes and seas, where it enters and concentrates in the food chains of plants, fish, animals and humans.”

Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Before they Eliminate Us


"The biggest obstacle today, as it was before the accident, is economics. The high capital costs of nuclear plants, which are caused mainley by their long and uncertain construction schedules (which in turn are driven by public concern over safety), leave them unable to compete for investment dollars. Coal, natural gas and improved energy efficiency are much less expensive.

"But if Wall Street has turned its back on nuclear power, the industry's longtime backers in Washington have not. The initial Bush-Cheney energy plan proposed building 1,000 new nuclear power plants by 2020... Even the industry recognizes that goal as ludicrously unrealistic...

"..government tests had found that security forces at nuclear plants had failed to repel mock terrorist attacks more than 50 percent of the time--even though the forces knew well in advance exactly what day the "terrorists" were coming.." ("Comment." The Nation, April 5, 2004, 8).


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