Thirty years of TMI hysteria is enough

Thirty years of TMI hysteria is enough

There are 14 comments on the The Morning Call story from May 24, 2009, titled Thirty years of TMI hysteria is enough. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

'The new 1,600-megawatt reactor will cost $15 billion.' Paul Carpenter [email protected] L ast Sunday, when you saw the unrelated pictures from Martins Creek and Centralia -- well, not really unrelated -- you probably went to the nearest light switch and flipped it a few times just for reassurance.

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Smilin Bob

Emmaus, PA

#1 May 24, 2009
And Paul, your answer for the spent rods is??
Wishful Thinker

Lehighton, PA

#2 May 24, 2009
And Paul, your answer for the numskulls running it is?
MACungie

Bethlehem, PA

#3 May 24, 2009
Bob, we can put the spent rods in the Kool Aid you drink, if you think windmills and solar are going to power Amerika.
Chris Casey

Allentown, PA

#4 May 24, 2009
When the lights go out, you should be happy Paul.
You will be back in the 19th century burning candles, and tapping your typewriter.

Ah, the good old days!
hamburger

Stroudsburg, PA

#5 May 24, 2009
carpenter says he rides wearing a helmet but from his dribbles he writes like he is recovering from a head injury.....
Law Dog

Easton, PA

#6 May 24, 2009
I don't often agree with Carpenter, but this is a great article. To the ostriches with their heads in the sand, consider this fact - currently PA has reactors in Limerick, Peach Bottom, Beaver Valley, Susquehanna, and yes, 3 Mile Island. Nationwide, there are 65 reactors. Nuclear power has been in use in the US since 1954, starting at the US Army post in Fort Belvoir, VA. In those 55 years, only one accident has occurred in the US, and in that accident there was no release of radiation. Worldwide, the worst accident was at Chernobyl. Both accidents were due to failure to follow mandates, poor government supervision, and human reluctance to follow protocol. Since those accidents, strict regulations are even more strictly enforced. Wind and solar are fine as supplements, but the average person cannot afford to power their home using the liberal pipe dream methodology. Perhaps in time solar will become more affordable, but now it is neither efficient nor affordable. Wind is a nightmare - too much clear cutting, takes the trees from mountaintops which will lead to massive erosion and mountain deforestation.
As for the fuel rods and other waste, there are programs that reconstitute waste into fuel for a second use. Think nuclear recycling. I for one would like to see that industry creating jobs in PA.

Let's use our heads here folks. You were fed a lot of hooplah by the liberals in the media, but hooplah it is. We need answers for power now. Nuclear is the way to go.
Jimmy Placebo

Drums, PA

#7 May 24, 2009
The answer is zero population grow where the birth rate is equal to the death rate. We don't need any more people, everytime someone is born there's another house that will need power. If you have to have children so bad, adopt, you'd be doing more of a service to humanity than showing that your reproductive organs and your ego are one and the same.
Solarman

Cathedral City, CA

#8 May 24, 2009
Paul, Centralia has all this heat energy just below ground. Why isn't any power producer sinking heat exchange plumbing in the area around Centralia and using the heat to drive generators? As for the 'new' nuclear plants. Is any power production entity proposing to use Generation IV type Pebble Bed Reactors? Why stick with waste producing LWR. The PBR gen IV reactors can actually recycle old fuel rods into new fuel sources, less waste to encapsulate and or burry. Of course Paul you've forgotten the one thing needed for any new generation to work. There will have to be a 'National' power grid corridor to get all this new power generation from where it is produced to where it is used. Without the pathway, the generation is useless.
No Need

Bethlehem, PA

#9 May 24, 2009
For an answer to the nuclear pollution problem. Paul and his twelve-toed mutant grandchildren will be long in their premature graves before the radiation abates.

Those who were in the shadow of TMI still live with the uncertainty of their exposure. There is no time limit to radiation-caused illnesses.
wikkanpriest

Slatington, PA

#10 May 25, 2009
Solarman wrote:
Paul, Centralia has all this heat energy just below ground. Why isn't any power producer sinking heat exchange plumbing in the area around Centralia and using the heat to drive generators? As for the 'new' nuclear plants. Is any power production entity proposing to use Generation IV type Pebble Bed Reactors? Why stick with waste producing LWR. The PBR gen IV reactors can actually recycle old fuel rods into new fuel sources, less waste to encapsulate and or burry. Of course Paul you've forgotten the one thing needed for any new generation to work. There will have to be a 'National' power grid corridor to get all this new power generation from where it is produced to where it is used. Without the pathway, the generation is useless.
Just a simplistic point to the question of why not sink heat tapping sources into the ground @ Centralia. The fire is following a coal vein, and the heat source will always be moving along that source. It would be easier to dig-up the existing vein, instead of sinking more holes in the ground for a hit-or-miss source of heat & energy that WILL eventually burn out anyway.
Smilin Bob

Emmaus, PA

#11 May 25, 2009
MACungie wrote:
Bob, we can put the spent rods in the Kool Aid you drink, if you think windmills and solar are going to power Amerika.
MACungie, you don't understand. I worked nuclear. This is a MAJOR issue that industry and government have continued to duck for decades while we continue to store spent fuel on-site, in containers not built to handle it for the half-life of the fuel. And, there is no ONE answer to our energy needs; it must be a combination of energy WITH a rebuilt power grid. That isn't going to happen with a deregulated electric industry.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#12 May 25, 2009
Yeah, idiot. And like stack scrubbers couldn't have been installed for a few million, and a few million more on pumping halogen into the mine fires.

Again ... idiot!
preacha

Stroudsburg, PA

#13 May 25, 2009
I didn't see a report in the call, but the express-times had an article the other day that Bethlehem is considering a large wind farm up on the watershed property in carbon county (what is now a forest).
Solarman

Cathedral City, CA

#14 May 25, 2009
wikkanpriest wrote:
<quoted text> Just a simplistic point to the question of why not sink heat tapping sources into the ground @ Centralia. The fire is following a coal vein, and the heat source will always be moving along that source. It would be easier to dig-up the existing vein, instead of sinking more holes in the ground for a hit-or-miss source of heat & energy that WILL eventually burn out anyway.
Simplistic is YOUR understanding of Centralia. The ground around Centralia has been hot for years and will remain so even IF the fire is following a coal vein or not. The average life expectancy of generation facilities is around 40 to 50 years, so what was your point?

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