2 1/2 Years and counting....
Why we are even considering expanding nukes at Turkey Point is beyond me with Daiichi still unfolding. A few days ago the New York Times reported that:
The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant sounded the alarm on the gravity of the deepening crisis of containment at the coastal site on Friday, saying that there are more than 200,000 tons of radioactive water in makeshift tanks vulnerable to leaks, with no reliable way to check on them or anywhere to transfer the water.Anyway, here is my question: how the hell would the Florida Keys evacuate past the plant? We all know most of Homestead is brain-damaged -- proof: their voting record (see glossy flyer below for an example of a candidate I consider unfit to serve that will probably win) but the nearly 100,000 people in the Keys need to get past the plant without getting radiated. They didn't vote nearly as badly as Homestead, they don't deserve radiation.
The latest disclosures add to a long list of recent accidents, leaks and breakdowns that have underscored grave vulnerabilities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant site more than two years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami set off meltdowns at three reactors.
Besides, most of Homestead likes the nuke plant: Go figure. They don't even need evacuation, they can stick around and
|Lynda Bell Puppet and Husband, Proud Nuke Supporter.|
Remember, we are in hurricane territory also vulnerable by weather. The New York Times went on to say:
...it has become increasingly clear that the latest problems may be too large for the plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, to handle.400 tons is 95,600 gallons a day. 335,000 tons of water is 80,282,750 gallons. Where are you going to put 80 million gallons of toxic water (that is almost as much water used in New York City in a day)? What if it happened at Turkey Point? Lynda Bell's house is not water-tight. Also there isn't much room there for the 275,000 people that could be displaced (that is Japan's number), or the thousands of bags of contaminated topsoil that would have to be scraped off the land. Forget about staying at the Redland Hotel.
Tepco has built nearly 1,000 tanks at the sprawling complex to store as many as 335,000 tons of contaminated water, the product of coolant pumped into the reactors to keep their cores from overheating, and groundwater pouring into their breached basements at a rate of 400 tons a day. This week, Tepco said one tank had sprung a huge leak.
Click here for an outstanding new video of the Fukushima tsunami in 2011. Keep in mind: all those ordinary Japanese milling about as the waters receded, curious and captured on camera, had no clue their lives would be turned upside down and inside out in thirty minutes. We don't have earthquakes in South Florida, but if you think we are better prepared than this videographer for a black swan event at Turkey Point, dream on.
Video does not work on phone. Watch it on your computer.