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While The Rest Of the World Contemplates The Risk/Reward Of Nuclear Power, America Plods On
May 17, 2011, 10:22 am
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While The Rest Of the World Contemplates The Risk/Reward Of Nuclear Power, America Plods On

May 13, 2011, Timothy Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun:

Third Calvert Cliffs nuclear reactor clears environmental review

A federal environmental review has found no reason not to permit construction of a third Calvert Cliffs nuclear power reactor in southern Maryland, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Friday.

The final environmental impact statement by the NRC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District recommends issuance of a construction and operating permit to Unistar to build a 1,500 megawatt pressurized water reactor near Lusby in Calvert County.

Other regulatory hurdles remain. The NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board is weighing a challenge to the staff’s environmental review and whether Unistar meets federal requirements limiting foreign ownership.

While the rest of the world evaluates the nuclear disaster at Fukushima and the RISK -vs- REWARD of nuclear power, in its arrogance America (and in particular, Maryland) plods on.  While a Tsunami is not likely imminent at the Lusby, MD plant, let us not forget the close proximity of the plant to millions of people (including the President) and the other potential disasters that could occur there.  The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland maintains hundreds of tons of nuclear waste with nowhere to go, it once had a suspected Al-Qaeda member working there and has had other rarely-mentioned safety issues such as security exercises gone awry.

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I approve of nuclear energy, so long as there is proper oversight and failsafes. Its carbonless, unlike coal fired plants, it doens’t use a lot of space or destroy habitats like solar and hydro, and it doesn’t kill birds, like windpower, additionally, its not intermittent like solar and wind. I am also keeping a close eye on Liquid Floride Thorium Reactors, which is more safe, less radiactive and more abundant than others. Nothings going to be ideal, but its the best we have. Give me clean nuclear over dirty coal anyday

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