Letter to Editor

Letter to the Editor: Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes

To the Editor:

Both Greece and Turkey are prone to earthquakes. Even if a nuclear plane can be designed to withstand earthquakes, how will they dispose of their radioactive waste? These plants are expensive to build; there are security threats, accidents, and health dangers.

Hanford, Washington was the site of making plutonium for World War II because it was near the cold Columbia River to keep the plant and wastes ‘cool’. Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania was surrounded by cool water. After spending billions of dollars, the U.S. federal government is still ‘cleaning’ up. Near what body of water will the proposed Turkey plant be located?

Environmental organizations like Green Peace may help in fighting the establishment of the nuclear plant in Turkey. The EU will do little because a few of their countries already have them.

Until another safe process is developed and resistant to earthquakes, I feel that solar and wind energy is the best solution for both countries.

Cleo Rumpakis

Portland, OR 


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