I must take exception to my former colleague at Westinghouse Electric Co. for his Dec. 29 Perspectives piece, “Atoms for Peace, 60 Years Later.” They are still trying to sell this pig to a public that needs to know the facts. The following are just a few items in response to their claims:
• It will never be known how many workers directly involved with nuclear materials died a premature death due to exposure to high-energy radiation.
• The Japanese were very fortunate that no workers were killed directly by radiation in the Fukushima incident. However, there were very courageous workers who exposed themselves to high radiation to perform emergency shutdowns. Their lives will probably be cut short.
• Millions of pounds of spent fuel from operating plants are still on site. A terrorist’s dream.
• The residue from this technology will be with mankind for thousands of years to come.
• A Chernobyl-type incident at one of the sites that is in a metropolitan area could cause a trillion dollars in damage and render the area unlivable.
There is no good answer to our energy problems and every technology has its down side, but nuclear power is not the solution.
I am sorry that I made it my life’s work.