An aging nuclear power station in New York State is leaking radioactivity. Currently there is a leak of radioactive “heavy water”. Tritium is leaking into nearby ground water. Health authorities are monitoring nearby wells and have pronounced that the levels of radioactivity are safe and unlikely to be harmful.
The Indian Point facility is located 40 km(25 miles) from New York City. It is an aging plant that is currently operating on special permits as it has passed its “best before” dates. Entergy Corporation which operates the two reactors has called for an extension of twenty years operating time. If granted Indian Point would have a lifetime of 60 years.
Governor Cuomo called for the plant to be shut down. Last year he stated in the NY Times that it was too dangerous to have a nuclear power station so close to densely populated areas. In May 2015 a transformer fire leaked oil into the ground water and into the Hudson River. No reported radioactivity was released at that time.
No source of energy is absolutely safe. Interest in nuclear power is being revived as a way to curb carbon dioxide emissions, yet many of the caveats are still valid. If the power plant is too dangerous to be near the people who use the electricity, then where should it be located? Shouldn’t those who benefit the most accept most of the risk?
There are currently six nuclear power facilities operating in NY State.
Many people lost their faith in the safety of nuclear power in 1979 when a plant in Pennsylvania suffered a partial core meltdown. The Three Mile Island incident was the worst nuclear accident in US history. The cascade of events began with a simple stuck valve and some human errors.
Chernobyl started with human errors.
Fukushima started with damage from earthquake action and was made worse by human errors.
We know that there is no place outside of the environment.
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