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  • Assessing the Risks of Nuclear Power

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    There is nothing “clean” about nuclear power — from mining uranium to producing radioactive waste, nuclear power is a dirty, risky, and expensive way to boil water.  Even after decades of research and billions of dollars, there is still no solution for long-term storage of nuclear waste.

    Further illustrating the potential risks of nuclear power is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster that has been ongoing in Japan since March 11, 2011. Despite claims that ‘it could never happen here,’ the reality is that it could. Earthquakes and tsunamis are not common occurrence in the United States, but severe weather is. We’ve seen an increase in the severity and frequency of flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes. This year, we even saw an unexpected quake shake the east coast. All of these events can knock out back up power that is crucial in preventing a nuclear meltdown.

    But Progress and FPL and their nuclear-loving friends would like you to think it is a clean and green technology (glowing green is more like it!). They are working (lobbying) hard to get people, especially decision makers like our state legislators, to believe that building new nuclear reactors is the solution to the global warming crisis. This is simply not true.

    Some have even tried to define nuclear power as renewable energy, though it relies on a finite resource for fuel and produces tons of highly radioactive waste, including the extremely polluting technology known as reprocessing. The industry likes to point to France as the poster child for all things nuclear, including how to deal with nuclear waste, but they’ve got a huge mess over there coupled with costly, heavily-subsidized power. Plus, the French system is owned and run by the government and socializing the U.S. electricity system is not something that would likely float here.

    Does something that generates extremely long-live, highly radioactive nuclear waste seem like a “clean” energy choice? Simply put, more reactors in Florida means more nuclear waste threatening communities in Florida.

    Nuclear power depletes our water resources too. Existing and proposed nuclear plants need tens of millions to billions of gallons of water per day in order to operate. New reactors will compete with other important water needs here in Florida. For example, Florida Power and Light recently stated in their license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during licensing proceedings for the proposed Turkey Point reactors that commercial and residential water consumption in Miami-Dade County will increase around 30% by 2025, while water consumption for thermo-electric power generation is projected to increase 3224% in the same time frame.

    In addition, hot water is also discharged from the power plants to the ocean, rivers, or lakes and this “thermal pollution” stresses organisms living within the area and degrades the surrounding environment. More reactors will only continue to negatively impact our natural environment here in Florida. This is especially true for southeast Florida, where the two additional reactors proposed at Turkey Point will impact the hugely expensive restoration efforts at Biscayne Bay and Everglades National Park.

    Click here to contact the Governor and Legislators. Express your concern for your wallet and your health!

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