Arizona Eyes a Nuclear Future

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has come out as a strong proponent of bringing nuclear power back into the state's energy fold.

"'Let there be no doubt. Let there be no mistake. Let there be no mischaracterization: I'm a strong advocate for the development of more nuclear energy in Arizona,' Brewer told the conference of elected officials and business leaders at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. 'Nuclear power is at the cornerstone of our clean-energy future.'

Her words come two decades after the completion of the state's Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. The triple-reactor plant 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix was the nation's last such facility to come online."

She is also stressing the importance of green energy as a job source within the state.

Full Story: Governor wants more nuclear plants in Arizona

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More nuclear articles?

I'm not sure why there is another nuclear related article here, since it isn't really planning related, with the exception of zoning for such facilities to take place.

People concerned about the hazards of nuclear power can talk to the people who live on the land where uranium is mined and the workers who mine it. Radioactive waste and effluent, in addition to potential accidents at the reactor, are other negatives with this form of energy.

RE: More nuclear articles?

You don't think energy has anything to do with planning yet your user name indicates you're a planner. You don't think how we power our cities (and whether or not that is practically sustainable) matters to planning? Seriously? Planning is more than pretty pictures and fanciful ideas.

Energy matters

Energy matters, I just haven't experienced planners having involvement in energy policy to date.

Re: "it isn't really planning related"

Well, I'm a WIMBY*, so if a nuclear power plant is coming to my vicinity, I PLAN to be elsewhere...

*WIMBY = "Was In My Back Yard".

My mother worked as a telegrapher at the Hanford Reservation during the Manhattan Project; I grew up in northwest Denver in a house across the alley from my grandmother, both houses downwind of Rocky Flats and both in the fallout plume from the 1957 plutonium fire (and multiple lesser 'events') at the 'Flats.

Toll to-date? My grandmother, mother, myself, my younger sister and two of her children all have failed thyroids. Family history of thyroid problems pre-1944? Nada, just a long line of folks who tended to live into their 80s and 90s if wars or pub brawls didn't intervene...

Public Health effects? 'Too Cheap to Meter'...

Readings re Hazards of Uranium Mining

Here are some readings/videos related to hazards of uranium mining for nuclear power. This is an important component often left out of the discussion.

I'll also note that a recent report documented water contamination in the US resulting from nuclear plant wastewater effluent.

Uranium Mining Left a Legacy of Death (re US nuclear power)
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,250010691,00.html?pg=1

Niger: Desert residents pay high price for lucrative uranium mining (re French Nuclear power)
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=83706

Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer by Light Saraf Films distributed by Women Make Movies (Look for the interview with the Navajo woman living with breast cancer following years of working in the uranium mines on the Navajo reservation).

Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams Addresses Fallout Hazards

Esullivan, you might like to read Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Utah writer Terry Tempest Williams. She discusses her family's experience as downwinders during the years of nuclear bomb testing.

Williams is also featured on the documentary Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer.

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