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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DualPost: Nuclear Cleanup Taxes-Lisa Gibbs on EPA

Lisa Gibbs give telling arguments on how big business experiments on the Public when the Government Agencies such as the EPA turn a blind eye.

The video where she talks about the St Louis Westlake Landfill and the health and safety concerns of the local residents. starts around 13.10 and goes on to talk about thinking out of the box by the Westlake Landfill Group who asked for the United Nations assistance in suing the EPA.

FYI the Manhattan Project nuclear waste was created for the Atomic Nuclear Bomb in St Louis during the Manhattan Project and dropped on Japan long ago, which President Obama just brought to the forefront of the news media on his last visit to Japan.

Spice Solar shares this tidbit of info:

New nuclear technology and safety procedures will hopefully prevent another disaster (although that’s what we thought after TMI). But what happens at a plant that isn’t crippled by a disaster? Surprisingly, even cleaning up existing nuclear plants is outrageously expensive. Ever wonder why every electric bill has a line item called “Nuclear Decommissioning?” It costs about $750 million to shut down existing plants in a process that can take 20 years or more. Around the world, nuclear plant operators have budgeted over $1 trillion dollars to clean up existing nuclear reactors (think about how many solar panels and batteries we can buy for $1 trillion dollars).

Once they are up and running, the economics of a nuclear plant are pretty good. But they are expensive to build, expensive to decommission, and outrageously expensive to clean up after a disaster. Compare that to a “solar spill” – which is basically a very sunny day. For these economic reasons, from a utility’s perspective the pendulum has swung completely way from nuclear power towards solar. Please join me on this week’s Energy Show as we delve into the long term costs of nuclear energy.