Nuclear Power on the Great Lakes

March 18, 2011

The Great Lakes are a gift of Ice Age glaciers that melted leaving their freshwater thousands of years ago. Since we do not expect another Ice Age in the near future, we should take care of this tremendous freshwater gift.

If a there should be a major problem at a nuclear power plant that spewed or leaked radiation into the air, water and soil, our freshwater system would be contaminated and the radiation taken up in Great Lakes food chains.Since we are part of these food chains we would be at risk and our children would be at risk. There is too much at stake to continue running these old plants.

Nuclear power plants are not insured. The government would be obliged to pick up the bill for damages to property, but some damages could not be repaired. Isn’t it about time to phase out the 37 aging nuclear power plants in the Great Lakes basin? We have been lucky so far. But as time goes on, the risk grows.

There are many alternatives to nuclear power that would be safer and cheaper.


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