Lets hear the facts on nuclear power, not the sales pitches

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Re: There's a nuclear powerplay underway, It's News to Me, Truro Daily News, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, Page 8)
This is an excellent overview of a very important matter for all citizens of Canada and indeed the whole world.
It appears to me that the nuclear industry is pressing hard to convince Canadians that nuclear expansion is the way to go - clean, reliable, and free of the sorts of dangers that are often associated with nuclear installations.
The Government of Nova Scotia has also indicated that it is willing to re-visit the question of reopening the province to exploration and possibly mining of radioactive material.
What I would like to see is a full scale airing of the nuclear option, so that citizens can make an informed decision about whether this is a good way to go.
As Frank Cassidy indicates, one of the unsolved riddles to this point, is how to dispose of spent material, some elements of which have a lifespan of 200,000 years.
Since the 1960s, more than 200,000 tons of spent fuel have been produced by 400 reactors, with 10,000 fresh tons added each year. Disposal remains an unsolved problem.
Add to this the recent fiasco surrounding the shutting down of the reactor at Chalk River Ont., pitting the federal government against the head of the agency responsible for overseeing safety of the industry, and this does not look totally unblemished.
Let's hear some more real facts, not sales pitches that citizens are supposed to take on blind faith.
Al Farthing
New Glasgow

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