What do you do on a slow news day? Well, how about starting a panic over nuclear waste?
Laura Hand, who anchors CNY Central’s Weekend Today out of Syracuse, filed the following breathless report on this week’s edition:
“A Canadian power company plans to ship nuclear reactor components [emphasis added] from Ontario, through Lakes Huron, Erie and Ontario, then through the St. Lawrence Seaway on the way to Sweden, where the scrap will be recycled.
”Bruce Power says the 16 bus-sized cases contain the tubings that carried radioactive heavy water [Ibid], but that the cases are welded shut. A Swedish company will recycle the steel casings, with the remaining 10%, the radioactive tubes, to be shipped back to the East Coast and then trucked back to the Bruce site, where they’ll be stored.”
Nuclear components! Pipes that once held radioactive water! In our broadcast region! Sound the fire alarms!
Hand quickly played Paul Revere, galloping through the territory to warn the populace the radioactivity is coming. “As we contacted environmental and anti-nuclear groups here in Central New York, we found that many had not heard of the plan.” For shame!
Nonetheless, Hand has no trouble turning up expressions of chin-stroking apprehension from the nuclear experts:
“Environmental groups, including Save the River, based in Clayton, are concerned that the plan opens the door for much more nuclear transport.”
“Mark Matson, environmental lawyer with [Lake Ontario Waterkeeper], says the concern is that this is a major shift in the way we handle environmental waste.”
Stay tuned for great video op of upstate environmentalists forming a human chain across the St. Lawrence to stop the shipments and preventing the Great Lakes from becoming a radioactive wasteland. Tonight at 11.