More important that Fukushima
At the one year anniversary the mainstream media will pull out various stories about the triple meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactors. But what i am guessing is we will never hear another word in the MSM about two near meltdowns which happened in the US in Nebraska last summer at the Fort Calhoun reactor.
In late June of last year heavy rains flooded the Missouri river and put both the Fort Calhoun and Cooper reactors in danger. The air space over both plants was restricted with no clear reason to my thinking except to minimize the number of pictures like the one above from hitting the airwaves and newspapers.
There are several reasons why Fort Calhoun is more important than Fukushima in my thinking. The first is that the exact same thing could easily happen in Nebraska this year or worse with heavy rains. And climate shifts are increasing the probability of this every year. The second is that Fort Calhoun and Cooper are not some far off country on the other side of the world, where most Americans have never been and many can’t even find on a map. People have relatives in Nebraska, they have driven through it. Fort Calhoun is 20 miles from Omaha. Third is that it did not take a 1 in 10,000 year earthquake and tsunami for this accident to happen.
We got lucky at Fort Calhoun. Fortunately the reactor was down for a fuel change when the flooding started. Fortunately, it did not keep raining the small amount more it would have taken to completely overwhelm the stations after the make shift berms which had been placed around it broke.
And because we are hiding from Fort Calhoun and looking instead at Fukushima, we are pretending that the “lessons learned” from the triple meltdown will enable us to continue to operate dangerous reactors in this country. The real lesson learned is we should be phasing nuclear power out, like Japan, Mexico, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Venezuela, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands have done or are doing. The world is souring on nuclear power it is time for the US to stop being blind as to why.