Editorials

“A Nuclear Plant in the Neighborhood” by Alice Slater

To the Editor:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports 200 incidents since 1986 where reactors have come close to a meltdown, making the risk greater than 1 in 1,000. Nor is Excelon the only company that is mismanaging nuclear power plants.

Only 35 miles from New York City , Entergy manages the Indian Point reactors, where leaks of strontium, plutonium and tritium from an irradiated fuel tank are seeping into the groundwater and drinking wells and inching toward the Hudson River .

In fact, we are at greater risk today. Aging plants are emitting radioactivity into communities. Irradiated fuel accumulates at reactors with no rational storage solution, increasing the potential for theft by those seeking to produce nuclear weapons.

Further, Indian Point was mentioned as a target in the documents of Al Qaeda.

Most important, financing nuclear power would divert scarce resources from investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The enormous costs for nuclear power per unit of carbon emissions avoided, compared with sun and wind, would worsen climate change by buying less solution per dollar.

Alice Slater

New York , April 26, 2006

The writer is president of the Grace Policy Institute, a division of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

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