Jan 16 2008

Globe&Post: The real nuclear health issue at Chalk River

Published by at 9:10 pm under Uncategorized

The Canadian government has fired the nuclear safety commissioner for failing to reopen an ancient nuclear reactor that was having problems with its backup safety systems. Whaaaaaaa???

The government’s representatives then have the gall to state that “the government is not satisfied that she demonstrated the leadership expected”.

With all due respect to the thousands of people around the world in need of medical isotopes provided by the plant, leadership is about choosing between the lesser evil. This move is simply Homer Simpsonesque. Doesn’t anyone remember Chernobyl?

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3 Responses to “Globe&Post: The real nuclear health issue at Chalk River”

  1. […] Currents wrote an interesting post today on Globe&Post: The real nuclear health issue at Chalk RiverHere’s a quick excerpt The Canadian government has fired the nuclear safety commissioner for failing to reopen an ancient nuclear reactor that was having problems with its backup safety systems. Whaaaaaaa??? The government’s representatives then have the gall to state that “the government is not satisfied that she demonstrated the leadership expected”. With all due respect to the thousands of people around the world in need of medical isotopes provided by the plant, leadership is about choosing between the lesser e […]

  2. Fredon 17 Jan 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Get a grip numnuts.

    They changed the safety regs to include the 1 in 50,000 year earthquake event in the Operating License req’s list. They couldn’t or wouldn’t get the the necessary pumps put in place to meet this new condition of operation.

    That’s a 1 in 50,000 year event !!

    It is the same reactor that has been operating safely for 50 years.

    A pinheaded petty minded bureaucrat willing to have hundreds of thousands suffer , untold numbers die so she could stuck-on-stupid with her narrow minded rules and force the closure of the reactor without giving a flying fuck for the consequences. People would have DIED.

    She should be fired and now has been.

    She should have raised it to the Privy Council but issued a temporary Ops License.

    The real problem is AECL. They have been and are a sink hole for taxpayers dollars. The two “Maple” reactors that were to have replaced the CRNR have bee engineering disasters and ares till not operating. They are seven years late.

    Sell off AECL NOW. Not one more taxpayer dollar for those losers.

  3. jnarveyon 17 Jan 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I believe the expression is “numbnuts”, with a “b”.

    You cheerfully maintain that the reactor has been operating safely for 50 years, as though that were a good sign.

    But on the contrary, your point only reminds readers that the reactor has been operating for longer than its intended lifespan. Would you feel perfectly safe flying in a 50-year old passenger jet? Would you take your family on board? Why not replace the entire Air Canada fleet with such technological artifacts? People have to be able to get where they’re going…

    Nuclear reactors are far more complicated pieces of infrastructure than 747s.

    Cheers, dickhead.

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