Roger sent me a link this morning about the usual government and industrial corruption, malfeasance, shoddy contracting, and growing threat around Mexico’s lone nuclear power plant Laguna Verde which produces about 4.5% of the nation’s electricity. [Links below.]
I knew nothing about Laguna Verde, so I pulled up a picture. snark on/Brilliant, I thought to myself. They built it at sea level. /snark off.
I don’t feel like doing the research to correlate predictive sea level rise due to global climate change to the GPS coordinates for Laguna Verde, but it occurs to me that, perhaps later than sooner, this thing will flood. A quick look around the Internet tells me that sea levels are predicted to rise significantly higher in the Gulf of Mexico and that the State of Veracruz is writing its own plan based on those predictions.
And good luck to them.
If you want to know more about Laguna Verde’s current troubles follow the link later.
For my part, I’ve been following the fall-out (no pun intended) from Fukushima’s 2011 meltdown,
which currently finds plankton off the coast of Hawaii heavily radiated. That’s a big reason why I’m waiting for the NOAA report on the unusual die-off of California sea lions this past April. Since neither NOAA or any of the marine agencies involved ruled radiation poisoning from Fukushima out, I think the public should know just how fucked up things may be getting. (I’ll be happy if I’m wrong on this one.)
Note: Plankton. Generally considered to be the starting point for the entire food chain. The baby sea lions were found malnourished at one-third their normal body weight.
I’ve also been following the usual government and industrial corruption, malfeasance, shoddy contracting, and growing threat from San Onofre which as of today looks like it’s going to be shut down permanently while California Edison is investigated by the DOJ. Hat tip to Barbara Boxer who just released proof of their machinations.
I’ve also been watching the debacle at Hanford, truly the gift that will keep on giving, along with the assorted weekly leaks, explosions, fires and malfunctions at aging nuclear facilities around the globe, so it’s no wonder Laguna Verde – which isn’t leaking yet – wasn’t on my radar.
Most Americans remain blissfully unaware that its nuclear power plants were originally built with a 30 to 40 year lifespan, that their technology is outmoded, and that time is up. This is why the Nuclear Regulatory Commission [NRC] which should be pronounced with the same contempt of tone as “Big Oil” is steamrolling states who want to close plants into retrofitting already vulnerable designs with “safer” technology and extend their working lives another 20 to 40 years.
Euw. Euw. Really bad idea, folks. Shut ’em down.
Of course it was a bad idea to begin with. So, what if I WAS Queen of the World and could decommission all nuclear power plants next month?
We would still have the problem of what to do with all of the waste that is now creeping, seeping, and peeping through rusting tanks and corroded pipes, rising in steam clouds, and contaminating groundwater and the oceans. Despite the fact that in the U.S the Feds were supposed to have a waste depository ready and working more than two decades ago, there is no place considered safe enough for 300,000 years worth of storage identified thus far on the US landmass. Nor a safe enough method of transportation to foist it off on some poorer country, which I’m sure was Plan B.
That is why we have proposals for shooting this stuff out into space. Which is when, I suppose, aliens would invade.
When I talk about a little bit of this to some friends I hear “O.k, now I have NO hope left.” I answer that hope is a poor substitute for action. Hope indicates that we’d like somebody else to fix things for us. In my view, and wonders of wonders in the view of the staid, old Sierra Club too, the environmental movement is facing a new era of active civil disobedience. If you’re in the U.S. you can start here:
Mexico will have its own version.
Here’s your link fest. Have fun!
San Onofre, which has already leaked: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/may/28/ap-exclusive-boxer-wants-probe-on-troubled-plant/
Hanford: Nuclear waste tanks at risk for explosion: http://rt.com/usa/hanford-nuclear-waste-tanks-288/