Antinuke Senator Markey Talking While On pot
Posted in the Brattleboro Forum
#1 May 8, 2013
“Once these old nuclear reactors shut down — as we’re seeing now — it will take 60 years and hundreds of millions of dollars to decontaminate them,” Mr. Markey said in a statement. “Taxpayers should have assurances that these nuclear relics don’t outlive their corporate owners and their ability to fund nuclear cleanup costs, leaving ordinary Americans to foot the bill.”
#2 May 8, 2013
So how long did it take Maine Yankee decomission?
He just threw a bone to the utilities of many hundreds of millions of dollars....
#3 May 8, 2013
A lengthy Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigation started in 1995, following allegations of safety problems at the plant. The NRC staff identified so many problems that Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co. decided "it would be too costly to correct these deficiences to the extent required by the NRC and decided to shut the plant down".
The eight-year $500 million decommissioning process spanned from 1997 until 2005. In 2000, the first structures were gutted out by workers. In 2003, the reactor pressure vessel was shipped to Barnwell, South Carolina via barge. Finally, in 2004, the facility's containment building was brought down by explosives.
As of 2010, questions remained about the final disposal of the plant's nuclear waste, following the scrapping of the planned national depository.
#4 May 8, 2013
"..building was brought down by explosives."
yeah we know
Expert: Maine Yankee's spent fuel still poses risk Urges upgraded storage facilities
WISCASSET — It’s been 15 years since Maine Yankee produced nuclear power on Bailey Point, but the spent nuclear fuel stored in 64 dry cask storage containers still has the potential to release “19 times more radioactivity than Chernobyl” in the event of a natural or manmade disaster, according a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
^Researcher Robert Alvarez, however, who is in the final stages of a study of stored nuclear fuel sites for the Department of Energy, says the spent nuclear fuel at Maine Yankee remains highly dangerous.
According the Institute for Policy Studies website, Alvarez has worked with the DOE, received awards for his work there and earlier was a nuclear expert as a U.S. Senate staffer.
He pegs the spent fuel still contains “126 million curies.” A curie, named for early radiology scientists Marie and Pierre Curie, is a measurement of a unit of radioactivity.
Demolition of Nuclear Plant Illustrates Problems Involved
NYTimes May 2002
Moving the material does not make it any less radioactive, although it may end up somewhere with a lower population density and less rainfall, reducing the likelihood that contaminants will be washed into drinking water.Mr. Hudson said plants decommissioned in the future might not be able to ship out so much material, because states designated to receive the waste might ''put their foot down.'' http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/14/us/demoliti...
#5 May 8, 2013
It is the right thing to do like Maine Yankee, planting grass on top of th site within a decade...
#6 May 8, 2013
VT took the risk when they unloaded VY. Serves em right if Entergy holds out on returning the site to a green field.
Deregulation of the power industry didn't turn out the way many peopled hoped for.
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