Nuclear power not the answer

Published 2:31 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I don’t often find myself in disagreement with your editorials, but the one on the need for nuclear power plants really stirred me up. It wasn’t fear that stopped the construction of these time bombs but common sense. After all these years there is still no answer to the waste problem. It just has to sit there forever, closely guarded for health and security risks. Remember Three Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986?

And we’re worried about the levees in New Orleans!

A recent Clarion-Ledger article cited the aging work force at Grand Gulf and the problems of finding new employees with the education and technical skills to build and operate the plant. There aren’t many of these folks in Claiborne County. In fact, not many people anywhere in the country anymore.

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And what sensible person wants a nuclear plant in his front yard? I think they’re deliberately foisted off on areas with the least educated population and the highest rate of poverty. Areas where they think people are not as likely to raise a ruckus over the risks.

Alternative energy sources could have been more vigorously pursued over all these years. Please do a little more research before you continue to endorse nuclear power as a solution to our energy woes.

Katherine Blankenstein

Natchez resident