Too many parallels
My deep sympathy to the people of Japan.
On Saturday, the BBC reported that radioactive cesium had been detected outside the Fukushima nuclear plant, after a catastrophic failure. Ensuing news reports indicated that the core has been exposed.
The defenders of the local nuclear establishment are already explaining how nothing like that can happen at Diablo Canyon — and anyway, lessons will be learned.
They will not mention, of course, that nothing like that should have happened in Japan, either.
There are too many parallels between the situations there and here for us to be complacent, or to see Fukushima as an exception. How many lessons must we learn, before we finally understand that the nuclear experiment is over?
The local groups Mothers for Peace and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility are working hard to bring sanity to this situation. Please support them.
Due for a quake here
It should be obvious now that renewing the license for aging Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a profoundly stupid proposal. Japan is much more conservative about nuclear safety than we are. Our coast’s gigantic earthquake fault is much closer.
A significant nearby section of that fault has not had a major quake in a very long time ... it’s overdue. Diablo’s massive radioactive waste storage alone is a potential disaster. Disastrous nuclear plant failures in Japan are much more than a mere wake-up call!
I read that Japan would have suffered even more damage if they did not have strict building codes.More of those pesky government regulations.