[OT] They're restarting Chernobyl?

From: Classic Computer Mailing List <classiccmp_at_mrynet.com>
Date: Sat Nov 27 10:44:39 1999

> At 11:48 AM 11/27/99 -0800, Daniel A. Seagraves wrote:
> >Slashdot has a link to an MSNBC story about the Russians restarting reactor
> >#3 at the Chernobyl plant in the Ukraine. They need the power but can't
> >afford a new reactor.
> The reactor that had the fire was (and is) irretrievable. The new reactor
> was one that was in process to go on line before the disaster and has never
> been run.
> There are several interesting reports about Chernobyl but perhaps the one
> most sobering is that during its time of operation, _including_ the
> meltdown, it has generated more power and killed fewer people and done less
> harm to the environment than the coal fired plants in Michigan. The damage
> those plants have done include dumping so much sulphur and other chemicals
> into the air that they have killed vast tracts of forest and made some
> lakes and streams completely devoid of life. If you add the number of
> people killed in coal mining accidents and getting black lung disease the
> numbers are even worse.
> Consider it flame bait if you like, but if you run the numbers this country
> would be a lot better off (fewer people killed generating the power, fewer
> natural resources destroyed) with a nuclear power infrastructure than it
> would be with a fossil fuel powered one.

The issue is not one of nuclear power vs fossil fuel (or otherwise). It is
one of mismanagement, disregard, spitefulness (towards the IMF and others,
in paraphrase, "If you don't pay us to shut it down, we won't."), and the
continued use of poor technology and less-than-marginal safeguards.

The recommendations and subsequent agreement in decision to shut the plant
down was for safety reasons. It was not simply because its sister plant
failed that it was shut down--the fundamental design for operation and
containment are flawed.

It is sad you compare this Soviet-era technology to that of the U.S. or
even other modern installations. The number of casualties in Ukraine
alone are in the thousands for the first months after the accident there.
Well over 150,000 people have now died as a result. This from a single
incident. The numbers are staggering. There are still tens of thousands
of people suffering and dying from thyroid cancer. There are towns for
a hundred miles surrounding the plant that have been evacuated and are
now off-limits. The radiation is still there. The radiation is still
killing people. The radiation will not go away soon. Let's not confuse
a world-wide coal-fueled industry (dare you imply the U.S. of being alone
here) to the Chernobyl installation which has proven design flaws.

Whether the sister reactor had been brought online or not (which I won't
bother going into, since your information is wrong there as well), the fact
remains: they are of the same design and the same generation. The reason
the reactor is being brought online is political. It is not one of dire
necessity. It is purely political, and economic as well. Here again
the callousness towards humanity comes into play. The Soviet Legacy

People, if you need to, search the web. Get educated, or at least
informed. The world has forgotten the true nature and impact of the
Chernobyl accident. These innocent dead and dying people don't deserve
to be forgotten and this should not be repeated by arrogance.

I believe the simple act of taking just a few minutes to type into
a web search engine, "chernobyl dead," will elighten people much more
than what they think they know about the issue. The Western press is
infamous for its minimal reporting, and then only when the subject is
current, topical, and fantastic enough to gain readership. You simply
must find out from more than one source and without the Media Fantasy

        Scott G. Taylor
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