NAACP: Keep Virginia ban on uranium mining

Oct 31, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WSLS-TV Roanoke

The state chapter of the NAACP wants Virginia to keep intact a 30-year ban on uranium mining, stating that opening one of the world's largest known deposits of the radioactive ore is not worth the environmental risk.

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"African-American unemployment ranges from 12 percent to 22 percent in Danville and Martinsville, the two largest cities in Southside Virginia. Still, she said, the mining jobs are not the answer."

I find it hard to believe they are gonna go get a job now, and much less a mining job. I've never seen black people out mining. You visit a mining community and it is all white people. Too easy to stay on welfare and unemployment.

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http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/video/vi...

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/video/vi...

Nuclear energy is not a true eco friendly alternative to our energy demands/needs. Spent enriched uranium and plutonium can only be stored, not renewed nor disposed of safely.
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Ahhh....more uneducated people confused about nuclear power. Thanks to our friends the democrat party for banning ENRICHMENT of spent fuel. This is why we have such a problem with 'waste'. I used to work in nuclear power and unlike Cerebral who gets all the facts from PBS, know what I'm talking about.(PS I used to be very anti-nuke until I learned the truth).

I guess the solution is either to pump the air full of coal waste products or all live in grass huts and carry our pond water to our huts with mud jars.
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I am so pleased the NAACP has solved all the other issues that people like Al Sharpton and Rick Turner have ranted about. In this day and age, the NAACP is as irrelevant as NOW, but the press keeps giving them ink.

Speaking of uranium, do what you want with uranus, but leave mine alone.

PS: Not a lot of black coal miners? Then where do they get black lung disease? When you find coal deposits under Philly, Baltimore and SE DC, you might get more coal miners of color.

I can see it now...Beyonce starring in a remake of Coal Miner's Daughter

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Hello wrote:
Ahhh....more uneducated people confused about nuclear power. Thanks to our friends the democrat party for banning ENRICHMENT of spent fuel. This is why we have such a problem with 'waste'. I used to work in nuclear power and unlike Cerebral who gets all the facts from PBS, know what I'm talking about.(PS I used to be very anti-nuke until I learned the truth).
I guess the solution is either to pump the air full of coal waste products or all live in grass huts and carry our pond water to our huts with mud jars.
No, I do not get "all the facts from PBS". How do you suppose to combat the very earth and prevent a problem such as what Japan is facing? God forbid another Chernobyl occur (which was the main event beginning a series of decisions by Germany step away from nuclear dependency). China and Germany are racing ahead of the U.S. in converting to green energy. Have you anything to say about that, sans the proposterous notion of the only using fossil fuels or living in huts?
The technology is here. We are simply not committing.
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Nov 2, 2011
 
Chernobyl, if you STUDY the disaster, was due to the senior reactor officers turning off safety systems saying "let's see how far we can make this puppy go!".(Human factors error) With TMI, there wasn't an exhchange network like we have now with WANO and INPO (google them) and NRC oversight. With Japan, they had an inadequate design basis for tsunami for that height (stupidty). The plan survived the quake, however, when they DESIGNED the plant, they did NOT account for the posbility of a wave that high. They even survived the wave (lost offsite power and went on batteries and diesel engines), however, didn't have the infrastructer in place to keep the plan running in safety mode. That plant should never have been build. THe reported design basis review of the US Plants on the coast, specifically Californian plants, are adequate for the same quake/wave, however, personally, I don't think putting a plant on the coast was a smart idea to start with. They need more factors of safety that they don't have.

So, green energy huh? No one wants those bird-killing turbines in their backyard. No one wants Yucca mountain in their backyard. No one wants trees cut down, but still uses toilet paper. We all want to eat our cake and have it too.

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Nov 2, 2011
 
CaptainCorrect wrote:
Uranium is racist.
Yes, it will even turn White people Black...

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Hello wrote:
Chernobyl, if you STUDY the disaster, was due to the senior reactor officers turning off safety systems saying "let's see how far we can make this puppy go!".(Human factors error) With TMI, there wasn't an exhchange network like we have now with WANO and INPO (google them) and NRC oversight. With Japan, they had an inadequate design basis for tsunami for that height (stupidty). The plan survived the quake, however, when they DESIGNED the plant, they did NOT account for the posbility of a wave that high. They even survived the wave (lost offsite power and went on batteries and diesel engines), however, didn't have the infrastructer in place to keep the plan running in safety mode. That plant should never have been build. THe reported design basis review of the US Plants on the coast, specifically Californian plants, are adequate for the same quake/wave, however, personally, I don't think putting a plant on the coast was a smart idea to start with. They need more factors of safety that they don't have.
So, green energy huh? No one wants those bird-killing turbines in their backyard. No one wants Yucca mountain in their backyard. No one wants trees cut down, but still uses toilet paper. We all want to eat our cake and have it too.
If I remember right, one of the major nuclear disasters was a combination of factors, from mechanical troubles (control rod jamming and mechanical force pulling it out past the safe range), to someone with marital troubles to the brink of suicide, to rivalries between the employees. These days, control rods won't get jammed up, and they probably screen and train nuclear workers much more now.

Another problem I see is coal power plants. Companies cannot make their existing facilities more efficient due to government regulations. If you want to upgrade a coal plant to make it safer, greener, and more efficient, you have to pay billions for a new plant license. Instead, the government should be making it easier to upgrade the plants and helping lower the operating costs and making things greener.

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Hello wrote:
Chernobyl, if you STUDY the disaster, was due to the senior reactor officers turning off safety systems saying "let's see how far we can make this puppy go!".(Human factors error) With TMI, there wasn't an exhchange network like we have now with WANO and INPO (google them) and NRC oversight. With Japan, they had an inadequate design basis for tsunami for that height (stupidty). The plan survived the quake, however, when they DESIGNED the plant, they did NOT account for the posbility of a wave that high. They even survived the wave (lost offsite power and went on batteries and diesel engines), however, didn't have the infrastructer in place to keep the plan running in safety mode. That plant should never have been build. THe reported design basis review of the US Plants on the coast, specifically Californian plants, are adequate for the same quake/wave, however, personally, I don't think putting a plant on the coast was a smart idea to start with. They need more factors of safety that they don't have.
So, green energy huh? No one wants those bird-killing turbines in their backyard. No one wants Yucca mountain in their backyard. No one wants trees cut down, but still uses toilet paper. We all want to eat our cake and have it too.
You are not contradicting, but confirming the dangers that lie at the center of nuclear plants and added an illustration as to the intricacies of the disasters. Not even the most intellectually gifted physicist will argue and attempt to contradict that it is a very "delicate" technology and you can not possibly remove potential human error even if you developed an autonomous system to run it!
See, you are bragging about physics, while ignoring the biological aspect (guess it would be "legitimate" to call you "uneducated" for not knowing such. smh). You've omitted the cost of clean up and uninhabitable land as a result. I haven't even said a word on the disrupted and damaged ecosystems which of course is convenient for you to ignore despite all life requiring some form of equilibrium. I liken your position to those "refuting" global warming and insisting producing more and more carbon dioxide as being a "good idea".
Fossil and nuclear reliance must be reduced if we really want to cease the careless damaging of our planet.
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CaptainCorrect wrote:
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Then I need to get some so I can start getting preferential treatment and low expectations.
clever comments, but in all your cleverness you cannot deny your fate; your race and civilisation is on the decline to naught and theres NOTHING YOU can do about it
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Nov 2, 2011
 
Depends on whos mining it
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Wow, you guys are something!
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Nov 8, 2011
 
What the heck is the connection between the NAACP and uranium mining? Have they run out of causes, or do they just want more press?(I think the latter).
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They're trying to distract themselves from helping Herman Cain.
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What do Negroes know about uranium anyway?

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Ooops, pardon me,'coloreds'...?
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Ooops, pardon me,'coloreds'...?
Probably nothing, they tell them they can collect crackrocks for free and just sign right up

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And somehow, the imbecile racists now conjure the ridiculous notion that that the knowledge of behind nuclear physics excludes certain groups. What a bunch of lying idiots!

http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/physics/mcgui...
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#25
Nov 9, 2011
 
Whitey pushin fo dis uranium shit cuz hes powers come from da radio active waste like dat boy from Smallvill! Whitey be a buncha mutints an dey wanna keep dat mutashin ta tern black folks inta white folks!

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Actually, the problem here is that the radiation and contamination will harm minority groups the hardest since they live the closest to it.

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