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This isnt necessarily just an opinion type of question. We need to ask ourselves, do we need this under the present technological advances that are supposed to be in the new reactors, believe they are truly safe and not a threat to community health? We need to take a hard look at Japan and the aftermath. Is this potentially what we want to see in the Victoria area? There needs to be more real testing and work done on the safety issues. How will the reactors be protected during a real large Hurricane? Its not so much about does our area need the economic boost, but is it safe enough to put our families and children at risk. Economy is about money, family is about life.
The newest design of nuclear reactors are a lot safer than the 40 year old reactors that are having trouble in Japan. Someone had their head up their a## when they put those reactors right on the seashore where they were susceptible to a tsunami.
The second thing they did was not adequately protect the emergency power systems. These are issues that are easy to fix.
In addition there are what's called "Integral Fast Reactors" that have been tested at the Idaho National Lab that are fail safe with a complete loss of cooling - they actually shut off the cooling on an experimental reactor and it stopped on its own.
We are going to need nuclear power now and in the future, it would be foolish to eliminate it as one of our power sources. We will learn from this tragedy, improve and continue on.
It doesn’t matter what we think because there’s no money coming from the Japanese or the Federal Government for these projects.
My concern about nuclear plants is when the operator loses control and the genie gets out of the bottle, it becomes impossible to safely get close enough to the facility to regain control. Someone needs to come up with a better method to control these plants before we build more of them.
We should be developing alternatives that leave no disastrous potential. They exist, but the power companies cant make money off of solar panels on your own home, so they are not being made available. Whether caused by human error or not it still happened, and there are many possible scenarios that can cause an epic accident. I dont want to live near that! I dont want to eat fish with three eyes! I dont want my kid to develop cancer from drinking radioactive water. Think ahead people!! Its not just about today and tomorrow!! I dont subscribe to the "its the end of the world so lets just trash it anyway!" I want my kids to have kids and them to have kids and they have a clean ocean to surf in, and blue skies to watch the birds fly by in. Hell yes!! Im a tree hugger!! They give us the precious oxygen we breathe!!
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NOPE, I hope they build 3 close to Victoria and put 2 near Cuero.
I think nuclear energy is still the best source of energy.My opinion of nuclear energy does not change because of whathas happened in Japan. That was a natural disaster, period.I think the Japanese may have made a mistake in building all ofthese reactors in such close proximity. In saying this I also realizethat Japan is an island(s) and real estate is very limited. Still, this is a natural disaster. This was not a disaster causedby human error.Tree huggers should keep this foremost in mind!My thoughts and prayers are for those unfortunates to becaught up in this terrible incident.