Friday, August 29, 2014

What do you mean, "no one seems to know how this happened"?

UPDATE: Dinosaur Steve responds to this news by saying, hey, let's nuke Kentucky, too!

From maddowblog:

* No one seems to know how this happened: "A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam. The flowing mass, looking like whipped cream but laced with plutonium, went airborne, traveled up a ventilation duct to the surface and delivered low-level radiation doses to 21 workers."
 From WDRB:
 Governor Steve Beshear says he supports lifting the 30-year ban on nuclear power plants in Kentucky.
Coal and natural gas primarily fuel the energy industry in Kentucky, but Gov. Beshear says nuclear power is an idea whose time has come.
His comments came following Wednesday's announcement of multi-million dollar grant to the University of Kentucky to develop alternative sources of energy.
"I'm very hopeful that, at some point, we can lift the ban on nuclear energy in Kentucky, and start taking a look at that," he said.
The General Assembly banned construction of nuclear power plants in 1984, five years after the Three Mile Island incident in Pennsylvania. The partial meltdown was the worst nuclear plant disaster in U.S. history, and it's still fresh in mind for those who want to maintain Kentucky's ban.
"The governor is doing a job of trying to bring jobs to Kentucky, but this is a disastrous idea," said Rep. Tom Riner (D-Louisville).
Riner also points to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and says the risk from natural disasters, mechanical and human failure, even terrorism is too great.
"It is a huge accident waiting to happen," he said.

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