Global nuclear energy has entered a mature phase of its development. Many reactors have worked through their planned life cycle. The time has come to decommission them.
Licensing a nuclear power plant is in my view, licensing random premeditated murder. First of all, when you license a plant, you know what you're doing--so it's premeditated. You can't say, "I didn't know." Second, the evidence on radiation-producing cancer is beyond doubt... It is not a question any more: radiation produces cancer, and the evidence is good all the way down to the lowest doses.
Dr. John Gofman, Nuclear Witness - Insider Speaks Out
The truth is that we never needed these beasts to power our homes in the first place - it is about time they come to an end. This is a monumental challenge as these are extremely deadly materials and gasses so great caution must be exercised. Thankfully, there is a plan set forth to decommission them all safely as possible. This is an important step to take on the high way to free-energy. Out of the more than 400 energy blocs of nuclear power plants operating in the world, one fourth have already come to the end of their useful lifecycle. (source)
Nuclear power is in crisis ‒ as even the most strident nuclear enthusiasts acknowledge ‒ and it is likely that a new era is fast emerging, writes Jim Green, editor of the Nuclear Monitor newsletter. After a growth spurt from the 1960s to the ’90s, then 20 years of stagnation, the Era of Nuclear Decommissioning is upon us. Article courtesy Nuclear Monitor. (source)
The fact is, nuclear power itself is a crisis so the above statement comes as no surprise. Due to the deadly waste and serious health and environmental risks involved, these are extremely expensive, dangerous, but very worthwhile and necessary operations.
Costs Can Reach Over $1 Billion. Every nuclear plant must be decommissioned at the end of its useful life, usually after it has been operating for 40-60 years. The costly, labor-intensive process involves two major actions: nuclear waste disposal and decontamination to reduce residual radioactivity. The U.S. currently operates 104 commercial nuclear power plants. Most were built in the 1970s and are slated for decommissioning during the next three decades. As of April 2011, there were 23 nuclear units in various stages of decommissioning. Ten out of the 23 have been completely cleaned up. (source)
Now we need to ensure that the same happens with the significant number of remaining nuclear plants and the sooner we can do this the better.
"It's time to end nuclear power before it ends us."
Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Power Plant Whistleblower
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