Who says nuclear power plants are safe?
I remember so well. During the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami – which isn’t over yet! – the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission came to the White House Briefing Room a couple of times to dismiss any need for worry.
Don’t worry about the Fukishima nuclear plant, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko assured us reporters. Nothing like that could ever happen here. America’s nuclear power plants are safe.
I didn’t believe it then – and I don’t believe it now.
Look what’s happening in Nebraska. As part of the massive flooding of the Mississippi River from Minot, North Dakota, south – floodwaters have breached a levee protecting the Fort Calhoun Nuclear power plant, containment buildings and transformers have been flooded, electricity to the power plant has been cut, and – doesn’t this sound familiar? – emergency generators are now supplying back-up power to cool the nuclear elements.
Here we go again. What’s happening along the Mississippi River is proof that nuclear power plants are never safe from natural disasters.
In the wake of the nuclear tragedy in Japan, Germany has already announced it’s going to shut down its eight nuclear power plants by 2022.
When are we going to learn the same lesson?
That’s my parting shot for today.