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sswriter on Apr 23, 2010 in Rant On
Fact: Natural uranium is used to fuel nuclear power reactors. Uranium-238 can be converted into fissionable plutonium. Yea. I don’t know what that means either but I know it can’t be good for humans or animals. Uranium has been mined in dry climates on the west coast in the U.S.
I say all that because there is a large Uranium deposit in western Virginia that is worth a lot of money. So, of course, people want to mine it (long story short – Read more at http://pecva.org). However, the east coast climate is not suitable for the mining of uranium. As you know, our climate is often humid or full of moisture. When a cloud of toxic fumes goes up, it doesn’t dissipate. It comes right back down on our heads as Acid Rain. If that cloud of disease goes up on the western side of the state, you can be sure that we will literally feel it here in Hampton Roads. I won’t mention that the Acid Rain would also pollute the rivers. Do you know how connected the rivers in Virginia are?
A couple of years ago, waste containing un-enriched Uranium leaked into two rivers from a nuclear plant in southern France. Officials banned people in three nearby towns from fishing, using water from wells, swimming in the rivers or using river water on their crops. That would suck! I love the beach, fishing, and… eating.
If allowed, the Uranium mine owners will tell us all about their safety precautions. But, ONE slip can be fatal for residents of Virginia and the surrounding states. Mistakes or freak accidents do happen. The latest example is the Transocean Ltd. Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig that sank 42 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. First it had an explosion then it burned for two days before it sank. And BP (the owner) “had in recent years made improving safety and operational methods a priority after a deadly Texas refinery accident and an oil spill in Alaska.”
Fortunately, the mining in Virginia has not begun. But, we all have to be aware so that mining will NOT start in the first place.
* Thanks to Angela aka ajomi over at www.waterfrontsportsman.wordpress.com and the “serious advocates of water quality and quality of life issues for all” at www.waterfrontsportsman.biz/ for making me aware.
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