Free speech, energy choices and publi...

Free speech, energy choices and public health

There are 23 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Dec 16, 2010, titled Free speech, energy choices and public health. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

The Constitution of the United States grants to every citizen the right to speak freely.

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mike mulligan

Charlestown, MA

#22 Dec 17, 2010
Again, your competitor have to be on the ground level with the data making and incidents...they have to make their own interpretation with what the information means. That is how you have a open debate about the conditions at the plant.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#23 Dec 17, 2010
"The Constitution of the United States grants to every citizen the right to speak freely. Unfortunately it does not require that speech be truthful, nor does it prevent or discourage speech that...serves primarily to mislead and confuse and not to educate."

- Unfortunately, this aforementioned applies primarly to nuclear industry's routinely distorted & inaccurate info, which accounts for the sum total of information provided by so-called nuclear 'experts'.

"Following the report in early October by Vermont Yankee that radioactive tritium had been found in a monitoring well at the plant's reactor site in Vernon at a concentration of about 1,000 picoCuries (pCi) per liter...He did not tell Vermonters that if they exclusively consumed water containing such levels of tritium for an entire year,"

- More distortion & misleading info, as is typical of pronuclear activists, degreed or not.
Well was in fact taken out of service 'as a precaution'(???) significance was not the amount of nuclear waste, but that it was in bedrock & in or near aquifer for drinking water, mening if not removed, could contaminate drinking water wells of residents.

"Mr. Shumlin also neglected to convey that Yankee currently sells electricity at rates that are about one-seventh the rate of recently approved solar farms in Vermont, nor did he convey that
Yankee and 435 other nuclear reactors worldwide that produce electricity without burning fossil fuels prevent the release of 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere."

- As far as electricity being produced 365/days per year, more misleading info. VT is not planning to nor can we use nonbaseload forms of power alone, but must have baseload which we do w/H-Q, as well being a renewable source. As to the wind rates, those are not the only renewables in the mix, not baseload but smaller sources that would be added to the portfolio. As to the carbon dioxide, stat unconfirmed, no sources cited & debatable. What writer did not mention tons of nuclear waste produced worldwide nor the amount of contamination released into environment which is infinitely more hazardous.

- Comparison of crumbling plant w/rotting reactor to human body simply not apropos & incredibly lame. Apropos would have been a vehicle, which in typical slippery nuclear apologist fashion segued away from as it indeed accurately shows that all metal does indeed experience fatigue, & at some point it will reach end of life, which a professor in his specialty should be well versed in. And, since it has been proven corrosion the cause of rotting pipes is due to microbiological process, another scientific faux pas. Five Pinnochios!

"Since 2002, the current Yankee owners have invested $400 million dollars in upgrades and maintenance of the plant."

- How much invested becomes irrelevant if it is insufficient. If failing to perform preventative maintanence which addresses problems likely to occur as they have occurred recently in other similar componants, does not amount to p***ole in the snow. Many failures have occurred nore than once in same component in relatively short timeframes. I see writer failed to mention it needs $100 million condenser.

- This becomes more laughable considering the disasters & failures which have occurred since 2004,*that we know about* ALL due to lack of maintanence.

- The timeline on a continuum from just the past year dwarfs the 2004-2009 section.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#24 Dec 17, 2010
"As with all nuclear power plants that operate in the United States, at least two full-time on-site inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission monitor the plant's operation 365 days a year.

These individuals are scientists and engineers who have undergone extensive training in the operation of nuclear power plants. Should they determine a situation exists in the plant's operation that might be unsafe or endanger public safety, they are expected to communicate their concerns to senior staff at the NRC who have legal authority to order the shutdown of the reactor."

- What they 'expected to do' & what they actually do are two different things. Many NRC members have little experience & are not scientists & engineers.

- NRC a rogue-like entity which is parasytical, is part of the industry it supposedly regulates, & widely distrusted by the public for good reason-they are sleeping watchdogs who act if & when they feel like it while routinely changing rulebook to accomodate industry & standards for same reason.

- Since failures ongoing since 2004 the supposed
'two resident NRC inspectors' makes it all the more ridiculous & totally absurd.

- Could have fined Entergy $150,000.00/day for the nuclear waste leak a year ago & did nothing.

- Since it has leaked for over 15 years into Conn. River & since 2007 into ground & groundwater this statement a joke.

- Where were they when Davis-Desse weeks away from ruptured reactor head???

- There are many other notable examples. Reactor temps are high enough to cause runaway reactor fire leading to meltdown not out of the realm of possibility according to other scientists due to NRCs own supposed 'safety standards'.

- Industry insiders turned whistleblowers & now critical, see the NRC as large part of the problem. As long as these inconsistancies are present, as long as industry & NRC remain deaf to concerns of public there can be no "honest and informed debate about the re-licensing of Vermont Yankee involving an educated and engaged citizenry" since the industry & npp owners are not honest.

- The ones who are THE most educated & informed are not against nuclear power, highly educated & credentialed, as well as respected in industry but concerned & alarmed by many issues, have spoken out against VY & Entergy. Are in fact routinely trashed, maligned & slandered. Since they work on behalf of the public I will believe them before Entergy, NRC, nuclear industry & pronuclear activists such as the author or this extremely distorted & factually incorrect op-ed.

- Comparison by Kuralt not applicable, also foolish. Since plant falling apart all other points moot anyways.

"Let us commit to marginalize not scientific knowledge or a holistic assessment of energy choices, but sensationalism and inflammatory commentary that fails to educate."

- Yes lets do that & start by rejecting distorted, false, erroneous & inaccurate information that fails to educate for exactly this reason, no matter who, or what, the author claims as credentials & supposed experise.

Fools can be educated as well as uneducated, educated ones merely less visible since many do not employ critical thinking & fail to question all, especially the self appointed so-called 'experts'.

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