In the 1970s, a nuclear plant was built in Shoreham, Long Island. On this
map, that's right about where Wading River is, on the North Shore:
Smart people have a distinct preference for an evacuation plan in case
something funny happens with a nuke plant. Local politicians were paid to
believe that such an evacuation plan was possible on Long Island, even
though that is impossible now, just as it was 30 years ago. They approved
the construction of the plant. The plant never operated to full capacity and
was eventually shut down.
Hmm...then I suppose you didn't see much coverage of local officials doing
everything in their power to pave the way for the Shoreham plant. Their
devotion to the thing bordered on religious fanaticism, even though, as I
mentioned earlier, the evacuation plan was pure fantasy.
I wonder why those politicians were so gung-ho about it.
Actually, no. I don't wonder at all. I've been involved with local politics
here for the past 15 years. I know exactly how things work.
I suspect that wasn't universal, either. I'm quite sure there were a
number of taxpayers who either didn't care or were supportive as well as
those against. In fact, I would suspect in reality that the "didn't
cares" far outnumbered either of the other two factions and that
inaction of that large group allowed the agitation of the anti-s to be
far more influential than their numbers would otherwise be. That's the
typical scenario in almost all of these types of battles.
Are you living in a fantasy world? Pay attention to your local politics,
especially when stupid projects are at stake. Someone ALWAYS gets paid to
love stupid projects. ALWAYS. No politician does anything out of the
goodness of their heart.
I no longer live there. I have no idea what they pay for service. However, I
know that a significant number of citizens were more comfortable without a
nuclear power plant located in a place that could never be evacuated.
Sorry you're having so much trouble understanding this. I'll try to make it
simple enough for even you to grasp:
*Nobody* has ever been killed in the U.S. by an accident involving nuclear
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Not _quite_ true -- nobody has been killed in a nuclear accident, but
there have been a few non-nuclear-related industrial accidents at
nuclear generation facilities--steam burns and falls, etc.
There has not been a nonworker fatality nor, to the best of my
knowledge, a confirmed injury to any member of the general public however.
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