Nuclear power is still too risky

Ogden Standard-Examiner

 

Editor, 

The Blue Castle Nuclear Power project will bring safe, clean power to the state of Utah. I wonder if this line was used in Chernobyl, Russia or Fukushima, Japan prior to construction of their nuclear power plants? About twenty six years ago a routine safety check was proceeding at the Chernobyl plant. An explosion and fire resulted in radioactive fallout that spread over tens of thousands of square miles, driving more than a quarter million people permanently from their homes. This area is still uninhabitable after twenty six years. Fukushima's disaster is still vivid in people's minds and resulted in meltdowns at three reactors spewing radiation into the air. Some 100,000 residents were evacuated and currently remain in temporary housing or with relatives.

Why should people of Utah, especially Green River and Emery County, living within the Intermountain Seismic Belt known for earthquakes measuring 5.5 to 7.5 on the Richter Scale, take this kind of risk? Clean alternative fuels are available in Utah such as natural gas or Wyoming coal. These fuels could provide needed power without exposing people to high risk "nuclear power" located in the earthquake corridor of Utah. How can coal provide clean energy? Most coal from the East or Midwest cannot meet the Clean Air Act passed in 1970 without scrubbers, but Wyoming coal can.

Clean burning Wyoming coal can meet emission requirements in current power plants with little modification to the plant. New power plants developed to burn Wyoming coal, or clean burning natural gas can meet our environmental and power requirements for many years without the risk of a "nuclear disaster." Now is the time for us to come together to say "no" to high risk nuclear power in our state!

James S. Barnes

North Ogden