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Why Should Baltimore Care About A New Nuclear Reactor At Calvert Cliffs

Why Should Baltimore Care About A New Nuclear Reactor At Calvert Cliffs

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If Constellation Energy has its way, the two nuclear reactors currently at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Station in Maryland will soon be joined by a third.  So why should Baltimore residents care?

Here are a few points of interest:

1.    Maryland will forever be known as a state who instigated the “Nuclear Renaissance” (No new nuclear reactor has been built in the 30yrs since the 3-mile island nuclear melt down).

2.    There is currently no place to dispose of the waste.  Remember those plans to take nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain?  Well, those plans were created under the assumption that nuclear plants would eventually shut down and there would be a limit to the waste.  Now that energy companies hope to push nuclear as a “green” energy option, get federal funding and built more reactors, Yucca Mountain folks said NO WAY and the plans were scrapped.  Currently Calvert Cliffs has more than 900 tons of nuclear waste stored at the site.  So where will the waste go now?  Anyone?  Anyone?

3.    National Security.  There is no (public) evidence to suggest that Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant is a specific target. However, it should be noted that, according to a May 2009 article in the Washington Post, in recent security exercises (required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005), “At least five bullets escaped the firing range and traveled more than a half-mile before striking buildings and a vehicle near the reactors, according to the NRC, Constellation and the sheriff’s office.”  In other words, somebody shot the wrong way –toward the reactors.  Accidents happen, which is why you have exercises, but come on, you should at least know to shoot away from the giant radioactive object.  Now, do you feel confident that we are prepared?

4.    Cost.  Who’s paying for it?  According to an article this week in the Christian Science Monitor, “No nuclear plants in the US are under construction yet because they haven’t secured federal licenses or loan guarantees, many observers say. Such guarantees would become a huge stimulus for the nuclear power industry, enabling utilities to borrow billions from Wall Street or the federal finance bank.”  Yep, that’s right, if Constellation Energy starts to get going on the project, it will be because of money donated by you and me.

What can you do?

Contact Governor Martin O’Malley and voice your concern.  According to his site “We’d like to hear from you.”  So, go ahead and send him an email –CLICK HERE.

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Sources:
1.    United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
2.    WYPR
3.    World Nuclear Association
4.    Maryland PIRG Foundation
5.    CRS Report For Congress, February 2005
6.    The Washington Post

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It would be nice if we could run our nuclear plants like France does. They process and re-use most of their waste, so have to dispose of very little. A bush-era law prohibits us from doing this, as a side product is plutonium, which can be used for other things, like dirty bombs. France also use a system of multiple nuclear spheres, vs one massive nuclear element, in the reactor, so if one sphere fails, it’s not the entire thing and there won’t be a meltdown.

Comment by tracey

Their is a way to take care of the nuclear waste (and I am not saying this as an excuse to use more nuclear energy, just help get rid of what we have)
Bio remediation works to lower the energy level the half life by conversion … and so on. It will work it is not being done for one reason that is politics and thats all.

Comment by bonbon hi

a bullet wont do anything to the reactor

Comment by B ryan




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