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Re: “More hot water for Harris

Cubby Broccoli couldn't have come up with a better Bond film scenario - just imagine: a sunny summer day at Jordan Lake with Jane & Joe Six Pack, and their little six packs, zipping around on their speedboat, swimmers basking on the shores, hikers in the woods, highways humming with shoppers and vacationers... and a few pissed off former guards who make a name for themselves by slipping into Shearon Harris and occupying the plant. Sound impausible? It could be done and you know it to be true. But what is more troubling is that short of such a "Hollywood scenario", the Harris plant is vulnerable every single day and night to terrorist attack, with spent fuel rod pools full, control room and other system support electrical cables at risk of failure due to fire (insulated with substandard material) that would cripple the plant, and the NRC playing patty cake with Progress Energy with regard to oversight and safety issues. At every meeting where PE and the NRC invite public comment the deck is stacked - PE officials, staff, and workers as well as nuclear power boosters and pro-nuclear local politicians drown out the speaker list with their burblings of support. And does the public show up? Not really. Yet, if these hearings and meetings were held in Raleigh or Durham, there would be a higher turnout. What is scary is that with the latest energy crisis (what, I have to pay more $ to drive!), nuclear power is becoming sexy again. Paul Newman is being used to promote it, as seen in a nuclear groups trumpeting his "endorsement" of the NYC area Indian Point plant's security. Next thing we'll be seeing American Idol being hosted by Westinghouse and General Electric. Wake up ringtone generation: your future wiil glow in the dark. Will Reagan era youth swing their Ipod festooned hips will swigging DUDs (depleted uranium daiquiries) while their aging yuppie parents buy condos near the Yucca Mountain and scrape mill tailing resin out of their hookahs? I can only hope so.

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Posted by nrcmarmacam on 05/27/2007 at 3:53 PM

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