Over the weekend
Oregon's Portaland General Electric demolished
the decomissioned Trojan Nuclear Plant's
499ft cooling tower using 1.3 tons
of TNT. Plenty
pr0n is all that remains
. Oh, and the containment dome, a bunch of rods with no home, some asbestos, but the tower, man, that's gone.
Pro-forma nuclear safety
is harder than ever to sell. There's ass-kissing to the sci-fi community
(.pdf, download it), the instructional video
(warning, boring .wmv, > 12 mins long). But...
The design lifetimes of Yucca Mountain
and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
won't protect future generations
from groundwater absorbing transuranic waste (Pu239 and like toxins, deadly when ingested for 240,000 years).
Do you have this stuff in your back yard today
, and how will it get there safely?
On top of that, the capacity problem
, which looks intractable as long as we keep relicensing plants.
If I didn't know better, I assume the only way the government could succeed in getting this done would be to hoodwink
Visualizing power plant impact.
A nice use of flash to show the impact of electricity generation around the USA. You can zoom in on individual states and then individual power plants. Or you can view the national impact of several regulatory regimes.
Enron and India: is there more dirt hiding here?
Enron's monstrous failure sure seems to have been triggered --or at least propelled-- by the fallout between them and India over the $3B Dabhol Power Plant near Mumbai that Enron backed out of earlier this year. Maybe it's just a coincidence...but does anyone else think there's more here than just bad business between Enron and India?