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Nuclear power unsafe

In my opinion, the nuclear era is the most insidious evil imposed upon humanity. It has been given over 70 years to prove itself. Trillions of dollars have been spent by the nuclear industry. What have we gained? Our beautiful world is contaminated beyond repair, empty coffers, destroyed loved ones, much anxiety and heartache.

Nuclear advocates touted nuclear energy as clean, safe and cheap, but in 70 years it has proved otherwise. Hanford is a ticking time bomb; it’s no safe way to store nuclear waste. In the meantime, the radiation from these sites and leaking nuclear reactors has been causing radiogenic and autoimmune diseases, cancer and death as they contaminate the soil, air and water on and near the sites they occupy.

No one knows how to stop or clean up the horrendous devastation done to our oceans and sea life by damaged Fukushima reactors. Yet, they keep talking about building more nuclear plants. Plutonium has a half-life of 24,000 years and uranium has a half-life of 4.5 billion years. We don’t need more nuclear plants. We have enough contamination.

We were promised electricity rates too cheap to meter. Instead, we have received radiation rates too high to monitor.

LaVerne Kautz

Spokane Valley


 

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