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(Editor's Note: Rob Aiken is chairman of the
Environmental Task Force.)
How safe is nuclear power? A number of nuclear
energy researchers (Daniel Ford, Henry Kendall, Carl
Hocevar are a few) have quit the Atomic Energy
Commission (AEC). Hocevar did not believe AEC is
taking "appropriate action" to deal with the nuclear
power plant safety problem. These and other men
have joined the Union of Concerned Scientists who,
in 1971, began a two and one half year program using
AEC information to evaluate reactor safety. They
Nuclear plant cooling systems are insufficient: "A
broken pipe or a ruptured vessel, could see the
reactor coolant lost and the core, left to heat under
the drive of the intensely radioactive 'ashes,' subject
to soaring temperatures, soon melting and collapsing,
burning its way ' down through - all man-made
structure. Release of radioactivity in unacceptable
amounts would be certain." -Introduction to
Emergency Core Cooling Systems Hearings.
". . . none of the suggested long-term solutions
to the problems of permanent disposal of high level
radioactive waste is technically or economically
feasible today. . ." Dr. Kttman, Director AEC
division of Waste Management and Transportation,
July 25, 1972.
"More than half a million gallons of deadly
radioactive liquid have leaked from huge storage
tanks at the AEC's Hanford facility. Some of the
liquid is so hot it boils from its own radioactivity and
if allowed to boil dry, would melt through its steel
tank.'-Los Angeles Times July 5, 1973.
"In our view the Reactor Safety Study appears
to have underestimated biological effects in various
categories by the following factors: latent cancer,
four to six times; fatalities and acute illnesses, three
to four times; genetic effects, one to two times;
thyroid illness, four times. Preliminary Review of the
AEC Reactor Safety Study by Union of Concerned
"One large accident might readily kill thousands
of persons and contaminate an area the size of
Massachussetts. The Atomic Energy Commission has
from the beginning tried to play down these
possibilities: but under close examination has
repeatedly had to admit that present precautions
leave alarming loopholes as regards safety." George
Wald, biology professor at Harvard University.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has raised
many technical questions yet to be answered about
nuclear safety. Science attributes this disagreement to
lack of free discussion: ". . .a large amount of
evidence has accumulated suggesting the AEC policy
makers have been studiously ignoring, rejecting and
even discouraging dissenting views from within the
agency in the matter of emergency core-cooling."
If decisions are not to be based on scientific
information our only choice is to rely on the AEC.
Former Governor Robert Docking of Kansas had this
to say about the AEC's judgment in storage of
radioactive wastes in Kansas salt mines: "The final
statement as prepared by the AEC offers no scientific
proof of the safety of the proposed Lyons project. It
offers only pledges to have faith in the AEC. Our
experience with officials of the AEC in the past few
months have given us ample reason not to have faith
in the AEC."
We already have embarked in nuclear power
generation, producing radioactive material that leaks
periodically. We have a chance to speak out against
further nuclear "time bombs" in a public hearing
March 6 at the state capital.
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