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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

December 2, 2010
Nuclear Townhall
From the Editors

Former Green Movement activist Patrick Moore was in South Carolina this week urging that the state make the Savannah River Site the nation’s experimental laboratory for developing small modular reactors. 

“The irony is the nuclear Navy has been building small nuclear reactors for 50 years and yet they’ve never been brought into commercialization,” Moore told The Greenville News. “Islands such as Puerto Rico and Hawaii could deploy small nuclear reactors instead of burning oil to generate electricity as they do now.” 

GE-Hitachi and Hyperion Power Generation have already consummated MOUs to pursue prototypes for their technologies and other SMR manufacturers are expressing similar interest. Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace, is perhaps best known for reversing his early opposition to nuclear energy.

The great advantage of Savannah River – other than its general comfort level with nuclear technology – is that it much of the country’s leftover bomb material that could be reprocessed into nuclear fuel.  “There are hundreds of years’ worth of fuel in those used fuel rods, hundreds of years,” Moore told The News. “One you recognize that used nuclear fuel is not a waste, but is rather a valuable energy resource, it changes the whole picture.”

South Carolina environmentalists have sounded the usual campaign about the state becoming “a dumping ground,” but so far it hasn’t had too much impact. There has been opposition to importing spent fuel from Europe but most activities on the Savannah River Site continue unimpeded.

Read more at the Greenville News


Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The Washington Post gets on the small nuclear reactor bandwagon today. Well, sort of.

After reminding readers of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl — and advising folks that environmentalists see nuclear proponent and Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore as a "turncoat" — the Post gets down to business.

"Today supporting nuclear power as a green alternative is quite mainstream" — thanks to President Obama and Bill Gates.  The question to build is not when, it is "where and how."

To this end, the Post conjures up the romance of small reactors — in "Any Town, U.S.A." — with a stroll past a movie theatre, the smell of fresh bread from the local bakery, all coupled with the "gentle steam plume" from the cooling tower of your local "miniature reactor that powers the quaint little burg"!

Read more at the Washington Post


Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

In a typical bit of journalistic malpractice, the Washington Informer has found one African-American who worries about nuclear power and decided it must be bad for all African-Americans.

The article features Dr. Robert Bullard, referred to as the “Father of Environmental Justice,” who “sees the red flags waving when it comes to the nuclear reactors President Obama has pledged government aid to construct in the town of Shell Bluff which is located in Burke County, Ga.”  The surrounding country is 51 percent Africa-American.

What the article does not mention is that African-Americans form a majority in many areas of the South. (The overall population in Georgia is 28 percent.)  And although the article quotes Ann Lauvergeon of Areva saying the company will be sensitive and Patrick Moore saying reactors are safe, no one ever points out the economic benefits of having a nuclear plant in your community.

Calvert County, Maryland was the second-poorest country in the state until construction of the Calvert Cliffs Reactor. Now it is one of the richest, with low taxes and lavish public facilities, all paid for by the reactor. That is why the entire political establishment of the county favors Constellation Energy’s plans for a new reactor and why county commissioner Wilson Parran – who happens to be African-American – regularly testifies in its favor. Bisconti Research has shown that support for nuclear is almost 20 percent higher in communities with reactors than in those without them. In 2007, the New York State NAACP supported Entergy’s efforts to relicense Indian Point.

 Dr. Bullard began his efforts opposing toxic waste dumps, which certainly tend to be located in poorer neighborhoods. But it would be mistaken to apply this logic automatically to nuclear reactors. And it would be a mistake to report his ideas as broadly representative.

Read more at the Washington Informer

William Tucker

Accidents at Energy Facilities Puts Spotlight on Nuclear

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

If nothing else, the blowout at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and several recent coal-mining disasters have emphasized one thing – no form of energy generation is completely safe.

Meanwhile, what’s the case against nuclear?  A tritium leak at Vermont Yankee that didn’t make it off the property. A charge that intake pipes at Indian Point are killing too many fish larvae. And of course the ever-present charge that the minimal emissions from reactors are causing cancer clusters.

Patrick Moore points out the safety record of the nuclear industry in an interview with the Burlington Free Press. Better yet, David Frum says the oil industry should take a lesson from the nuclear industry in learning how to upgrade its safety record.

Read it at the Frum Forum

Then come back to Nuclear Townhall and give us your thoughts

William Tucker