Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Nuke Accident Downplayed -- As Usual

Whooee! Well friends an' foes, here we go again. Over in Japan, they had an earthquake an' they had a fire an' leaks at the world's biggest nuclear power plant.

First, the nuke plant operators said there were no leaks. For several hours after they knew they had a problem, they kept their mouths shut.

Then, they said there was a tiny leak that didn't pose any threat.

Then, they said that the leak was 50% bigger than they first said it was but it's still nothin' to worry about, sez they. 325 gallons of radioactive water just got washed in to the ocean. Drop in the bucket, sez they.

Then, they said there was about 100 barrels of low level radioactive waste that fell over and some of the lids come off.

Then, they said it was really 400 and not 100.

Then, the mayor of the city where the nuke plant is shut down the plant indefinitely. He ain't too happy about the way the plant operators kept the public in the dark fer so long. Maybe he ain't too sure they ain't still coverin' up. I know I ain't. Some industry watchers is sayin' it's worse than Three Mile Island.

Here in Nanticoke, Ginty's all gung-ho about buildin' a new nuke plant so's he can shut down the smokin' chuggin' coal-fired generator we got pollutin' the air. I reckon this situation in Japan oughta make ol' Dalton take another look. If he thinks we're ready to accept that sorta risk an' he won't run into a bigass fight, he's dreamin' in radioactive technicolour.

But, we don't have earthquakes in Ontariariario, so we ain't got nothin' to worry about. Right?

Wrong. We do have earthquakes and tremors here in GintyLand and also out in Lake Erie and just across the pond over in Ohio an' Pennsylvania. There's a whole whack o' faults under Lake Erie and in Southwestern Ontariariario. Out on the lake, they got a few gas wells. Some farmers got gas wells on their property 'round here, too. That travels underground in the faults. If there weren't faultlines, there wouldn't be any natural gas down there.

Why does Ginty wanna put Ontarians into the same jeopardy and danger as them poor Japanese?

JimBobby

7 comments:

stageleft said...

I laughed when I heard the first statements out of Japan - what the heck did the world think they were gonna say?

... well, we got a bunch of radiation laced water spilled into the ocean, but it's really no big deal, as soon as the fish quit glowing and walk up onto the beach we'll have a wonderful new national entry into the pet market.

They have a government, it lied, I was not surprised.

stageleft said...

Lies and Leaks
The Earthquake That Screamed "No Nukes!"

By HARVEY WASSERMAN

The massive earthquake that shook Japan this week nearly killed millions in a nuclear apocalypse.

It also produced one of the most terrifying sentences ever buried in a newspaper. As reported deep in the New York Times, the Tokyo Electric Company has admitted that "the force of the shaking caused by the earthquake had exceeded the design limits of the reactors, suggesting that the plant's builders had underestimated the strength of possible earthquakes in the region."

JimBobby said...

Thanks fer them comments, SL. The main reason I'm so dang fired up about these here nukes is on accounta Ginty's dumbass plan to spend $40 billion on new nukes in Ontariariario. I hope this Japan debacle gives 'em reason to take a second look and come to the only sensible conclusion and put the kibosh on new nukes an' especially put the kibosh on turnin' Nanticoke into a nuke plant.

JB

the rev. said...

JimBobby,
We are still hearing about things they are finding broken at the nuke plant over here in the land of the lying son. Our "newspaper" initially buried the story in a subhead on page two.
I wouldn't be two worried about a plant at Nanticoke, the teeny little temblors in Southwestern Ontario usually barely rattle the dishes. I think the biggest quake ever in Canada was about a 3 on the richter scale, this one was a six.

the rev. said...

Some seismic activity in yer neck of the woods according to this

http://commons.bcit.ca/civil/students/earthquakes/unit1_02.htm

Frank Frink said...

Rev.,

There have been Mag 7 quakes in Quebec and Ontario even as recently as 1988.

BC has several high mag quakes annually although most are not felt in any significant way by the public. BC has also had Canada's biggest quake, a Mag 8.1 in the Queen Charlotte Islands (1949).

The BC Lower Mainland (i.e. Greater Vancouver Regional District) is overdue for a major quake along that magnitude on the Richter scale.

We're mostly aware out here on the Left Coast that we live within the Pacific Ring of Fire. There's going to be a very big one someday.

Anyway, I'm sure you picked all that up from that BCIT link.

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Here's somethin' you probabaly never heard about, Rev.

"On January 31, 1986, an earthquake struck the Perry reactor east of Cleveland, knocking out roads and bridges, as well as pipes within the plant, which (thankfully) was not operating at the time. The governor of Ohio, then Richard Celeste, sued to keep Perry shut, but lost in federal court.

The fault that hit Perry is an off-shoot of the powerful New Madrid line that runs through the Mississippi River Valley, threatening numerous reactors. The Beyond Nuclear Project reports that in August, 2004, a quake hit the Dresden reactor in Illinois, resulting in a leak of radioactive tritium."

Source

Seismic activity is just one of many reasons we shouldn't be expanding our nuclear power generation.

JB