The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 28, 1975, Page page 5, Image 5

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Editor's note: Rob Aiken is chairman of the AS UN Environmental
Task Force.
Nebraska: circa 2020
Jon and Harvey were floating down to Brownville to catch some
old-time bluegrass music when Harvey stopped his
centripetal-balanced aerocycle.
"Hey Jon, catch this supra-mound. It looks like a project-reject
the Corps of Engineers designed back in the 1980's."
"Get straight Harvey, that's the old nuclear plant the Atomic
Energy Commission de-commissioned last year. They figured the
best way to cover it up was to cement the whole joint."
"Now Jon, I'm a 21st century man. You can't tell me that
48,000 tons of concrete is burying a nuclear plant. That went out
with the Aztecs-building stone monuments to the gods. No, this
heap has to be something logical, intelligent." .
"I'm telling you, Harvey, this quarter-section pile of cement
used to be a $250 million power plant -it just got worn out."
"Sure, Jon. And I suppose these lead shafts are filled with
radioactive wastes."
"You got it Harvey. This stuff will be hanging around for a few
thousand years and if it leaks like the joint in Illinois. . . "
"You mean the place where my folks used to live?"
"The former heart of the corn country, .as I was saying,
Harvey, if this place leaks around here we'll be moving on again-if
we're still around.
"What a pain. Jon, it's a good thing we're on this solar and wind
energy kick. We're not as dumb as our parents-keeping nuclear
boobytraps around. Never trust anyone over 30."
We don't have to have nuclear power plants 50 miles from .
Lincoln and Omaha or anywhere else. In 1968, the Nebraska Public
Power District put the Cooper Nuclear station in Brownville
without any public hearing. If the cooling system breaks down
(right now, they're being checked for cracks all over the country)
the plants have a killing radius of 100 miles.
Insurance companies won't touch the power plants.
Homeowner's Insurance Policy specifically eliminates coverage of
nuclear damage. Lloyds of London won't insure nuclear power
plants.
It's important to attend the nuclear power public hearing March
6 at 2 p.m. The public works committee is likely to be more
interested in the testimony when there is a crowd of onlookers.
If we don't help make energy policy decisions, other interest'
will decide for us.
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friday, february 28, 1975
daily nebraskan
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