RENewsletter | November 07, 2010


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Opening Salvo:  “Energy Warning”


This news item each year always amazes me: a four-minute siren test in case of a nuclear plant accident.  It amazes me because one doesn’t hear a peep from the public on what this siren means.  (It means that a very dangerous energy source that requires iodine pills for radiation leaks so your thyroid gland doesn’t get cooked, and the haunting spectacle of an accident and fallout that could last years, decades, or maybe more could occur.)


Siren Test in Ontario Next Tuesday  "Ontario, N.Y. - If you hear a siren blaring next Tuesday - don't panic! It's just a test. The Ginna Nuclear Power Plant on Ridge Road near Lincoln Road will be testing a notification system for four minutes starting around 9 a.m. “(November 04, 2010)


There are so many other less dangerous ways to get energy than nuclear energy.  Our local mainstream media barely acknowledges this major issue which plants in the mind of the public that is isn’t important.   And yet to others it is: A controversial nuclear power plant is shutting down next door in Vermont (Vermont nuclear power plant up for sale);  Germans are demonstrating against moving nuclear material across their country  Nuclear waste train chugs on as police clash with protestors | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 07.11.2010) and our Canadian friends up north are demonstration about nuclear waste being transported across Lake Ontario and down the St. Lawrence ( YouTube - Nuclear Waste On Great Lakes Protested )—while we are not. 


There have been more ‘issues’ with nuclear energy (check these latest Energy News) and none of them catastrophic, thank goodness.   But, you have to ask yourself each time these sirens go off—is it the big one?  Did the best and brightest make a mistake?  This issue may be more significant, as there may be another nuclear power plant consider for our area.


Second reactor eyed at Ginna  French company has acquired land near the Robert E. Ginna nuclear power plant in Wayne County and the Nine Mile Point plant in Oswego County for possible new reactors. Electricite de France SA said it has purchased Constellation Energy Group's (November 2, 2010) 


Despite the fact that a major nuclear accident is possible at any nuclear power plant anywhere in the world and the particular way in which a nuclear accident would be catastrophic, you’d think we’d seriously consider other ways to get energy.  Because even if there is only a slight, only a teeny-weeny chance, of a nuclear accident that spews nuclear radiation into our environment, the people around the facility won’t like it at all.  Your property value won’t just go down, it will disappear. 


You’d think we’d try everything else before settling on nuclear power.  But we go on hoping everyone does everything right at our nuclear plants, no one cuts any corners and no one keeps anything from the public so they can get an accurate idea of the measure of catastrophe a nuclear plant could achieve.  But we don’t do that.  We close our eyes and plug our ears and gamble on an energy source that could be very dangerous in a very long term way, rather than adopt renewable energy like wind and solar—sources of energy that seem to galvanize legions of groups who cannot stand the sound of wind turbines or the sight of a bunch of solar panels gaily collecting free, un-polluting sun rays for your favorite gadgets. 


Granted, the sounds of a neighborhood after a nuclear power accident would be quieter than a wind turbine blade swooshing through the air, but not in a good way.  (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]





UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.



December 2010





ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]



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