posted by Ethan at 4/28/2006 10:59:00 AM
OMG! That's so wrong. ;)
what a messed up piece of ART!....shitty!
At the press conference today, Senator Hatch told us that over 7000 (seven thousand!) military training flights are flown over the top of Skull Valley every year. Some of them skim the ground at about the height of a small building.Some crash.In fact, there have been at least 70 crashes over the years. The most recent was just a few weeks ago - very close to the area the geniuses at PFS want to build their nuclear waste storage site.
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Well the possibility of accident at the site is indeed an important concern, the more important concer is how the material will be transported to the proposed site. Think of how many highways and railways we have in Utah and where they run. Just last year a leaking rail tanker wafted a cloud of gas over the middle part of the SL valley (and of course because of our prevailing winds) right over very populated suburban South Salt Lake and SLC. It seems they could contain the tanker but the toxins were still released. I recall watching the cloud from my home in Sugarhouse.The fact is that the only major highways and railways run right through the heart of the Wasatch front. Imagine a truck coming down Parley's losing control and dumping its waste. Imagine that no matter how much they try to clean it up it still gets into the water supply through run-off. Sure it might not be much, but is one willing to risk the increased bone cancer rates because some folks drank water that contained remnants of spent radiated material?In sum, the more pressing accident issue here is how dangerours getting the stuff out there is. Sure they proclaim they will use containers that could withstand great amounts of destructive force, but at the cost of those is, no doubt, enormous and does not fit a profit model. What that means is that the shipping companies will be using the cheapest transportation and containment method they can in order to maximize profit. That spells bad news for the public who live near the transportation routes.Let me use the analogy of the cartoon: sure we don't expect that there will be a bad accident in bringing these materials through populated areas but we didn't expect anyone would crash jetliners into the buildings either.
Maybe someone ought to make a movie about a truckload of this stuff crashing. Or they could make one about a truck being stolen or hijacked on its way across country. It'd make people think.
There was a West Wing episode about that.
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