So…couple daze spent at the DGR (4-week) hearing currently being held on the shores of Lake Huron, in the pretty lakeside town of Kincardine, Ontario.
** DGR = Deep Geologic Repository for nuclear waste – a repository being jointly planned by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) & the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). DGR to be located on the grounds of the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (BNGS) on the shores of the incomparably beautiful Lake Huron, one of the amazing Great Lakes jointly shared by Canada & the U.S. that provide drinking water to 40 million people.
Some of us characterize this proposed "repository" as a DUD -- Deep Underground Dump.
Have more I’d like to say about all this, but am going to do my last observation first.
Courage is contagious.
The activists at the hearing (or even just the “average” citizens who never set out to become activists; they just have this nuclear nonsense rammed down their lives, pretty much) were “speaking truth to power,” as activists are wont to do, & many or all are intelligent (even brilliant) & articulate & insight-full…
& each person’s intelligence & courage in speaking truth to power affects each person present who hears her/him.
& it all adds up to some pretty wonderful feelings of solidarity!
So even though the nuke biz can give a person a severe case of the willies (to put it very-very mildly indeed)
These hearings are also always inevitably a celebration of what is very best in the individuals of our species
So while I wish the folks in the nuke biz would grow more intelligence & courage & ethics themselves, that may not happen either tomorrow afternoon or quite as soon as we might hope for.
So in the meantime, hurray for the fact that courage is contagious!
p.s. & not just courage. Also integrity, & fits of conscience, & even also charitability (a nice example of this experienced a short while ago while waiting for the GO train), & also compassion, so ... sure looks like not all forms of contagion are a bad thing, hmmmm??
p.p.s. awesome local person's presentation here
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “All nuclear power plant systems, structures, components and personnel are potential sources of failures and malfunctions. Problems can arise from defects in design, manufacturing, installation and construction; from testings, operational, and maintenance errors; from explosions and fires; from excessive corrosion, vibration, stress, heating, cooling, radiation damage, and other physical phenomena; from deterioration due to component aging, and from externally-initiated events such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and sabotage.” – Daniel F. Ford (from a Stop Plant Vogtle brochure)
Runner-up for Q of the day: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair
** lots of nuke quotes here
** many-many other good quotations in the ‘Quotation Central!’ section of this blog