New Nukes & A Big, Nasty Fish
Host: Lester Graham
Show date: 10/23/2009
There's a push to build more nuclear power plants. They don't put out much carbon dioxide and that's a plus in the government's eyes. But Shawn Allee reports that these new power plants might be hitting a snag. And... big, nasty fish. Lester talks to Jennifer Nalbone about a gigantic fish that's almost 100 pounds and sometimes jumps out of the water and hits boaters passing by. It's the Asian Carp, and it's an invasive species that could invade the Great Lakes.
To make that happen, they want to build more than two dozen nuclear reactors.
Shawn Allee reports, there could be delays for at least half of those.
Westinghouse's AP-1000 reactor was supposed to be the nuclear industry's golden child.
But recently, regulators said they can't say whether the current design can withstand earthquakes and other disasters - at least not a well as the government requires.
Critics of nuclear power are pouncing on the news.
Henry Sokolski is with the Nonproliferation Policy Center.
He says one government agency's set to approve loan guarantees to build these reactors.
Supolski: If you do that, there won't be much discipline in the industry to not screw up ... there'll be less.
Westinghouse says it will provide the government with tests to prove its reactor is safe.
It's not clear whether the government will delay final approval of the design.
For the Environment Report, I'm Shawn Allee.
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