I’m not quite sure how the dictionary defines “gobsmacked,” but I know it describes exactly how I am feeling today.
I went away for a very nice “girls’ weekend” & returned to learn that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) finally rendered its decision & will allow Bruce Power to ship 16 retired (& very dangerously radioactive) steam generators through the awesome treasure of the Great Lakes shared by Canada & the U.S., along the St. Lawrence River & across the Atlantic Ocean to Sweden – to a company (Studsvik) that will “recycle” them (using that term very, very loosely indeed).
This decision (not to mention the plan itself) is just SO off the charts of anything even vaguely resembling common sense that I am…gobsmacked! I keep sort of half (well, maybe only ¼ ) expecting CNSC – this “rogue agency” in some smart person’s words – to begin making … sensible decisions – decisions that really are about safety – but in light of its history up ‘till now, I guess a person might wonder if I am simply being Foolish and Deluded, like that dear old bear Winnie-the-Pooh in… I can’t remember now which story…
It’s an utterly appalling & also completely morally bankrupt decision. For sooooooo many reasons.
For lots of information about this issue & this travesty, you can check over my blog postings about it (all are listed here).
I also highly recommend the site of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. Tons of fabulous information there – including lots of technical details that I myself am not clever about. (For an illustration of what the steam generators look like on the inside, go here For a list of their internal radioactive contaminants, go here )
To read the news releases that have been put out in the past few days by many groups that strongly oppose this decision, please go here.
(& just in case you think all this opposition is some kind of knee jerk response from environmental groups with nothing better to do, check out the site of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a large joint U.S./Canada organization that also strongly opposes this plan of Bruce Power’s to put 16 school-bus-sized radioactive steam generators in a ship, & pray for good results.)
E.F. Schumacher once said “No degree of prosperity could justify the accumulation of large amounts of highly toxic substances which nobody knows how to make “safe” and which remain an incalculable danger to the whole of creation for historical or even geological ages. To do such a thing is a transgression against life itself, a transgression infinitely more serious than any crime ever perpetrated by man. The idea that a civilisation could sustain itself on the basis of such a transgression is an ethical, spiritual, and metaphysical monstrosity. It means conducting the economic affairs of man as if people really did not matter at all.”
Gotta admit, I fail to see how the CNSC – or Bruce Power (or whichever of the BPs we are talking about) demonstrates even the slightest concern or care for the long-term survival of our bodies of water, our planet...or our species.
The shipment of nuclear wastes through our precious waters must be stopped!
p.s. Abraham Lincoln said “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.” Bracing, hmmm?
p.p.s. The 'quote of the day' that was used w. this post: "Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water!" - Albert Einstein. Einstein also said “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
p.s. # 3: All steam generator-related postings are listed here