Maybe word of the scrutiny has gotten out, or perhaps a different media outlet makes a difference, but Kevin Kamps’ tour of Australia is being covered a bit differently since he last popped up on the Nuclear Australia radar.
Mr. Kamps is no longer referred to as an expert, but a title I am much more comfortable with
“…a US anti-nuclear campaigner…”
“…the public's primary concern should be where the governments planned to store nuclear waste.”
“US experience showed reactors, generally located near cities, had been forced to store toxic waste while the argument of where to build a national dump continued.”
American nuclear reactors produced up to 30 metric tonnes of waste each year, which posed serious health and environmental risks.
Nuclear power is still a very contentious issue in the US with most people asking where do we put the waste.
If reactors are built, they will serve as waste storage sites for many years in the future and there is a massive risk for accidents.”
Mr Kamps pointed to the Yucca Mountain proposed dump in Nevada that had now been delayed as a groundswell of opposition grew.
He said nearby residents and environmentalists did not want the dump because of the site's location on a fault line, near drinking water supplies and on volcanic land.
He argued that the same problem would happen in Australia if nuclear energy was developed.
Mr Kamps dismissed the argument put by Prime Minister John Howard that nuclear energy was needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions produced by coal.
“The creation of a nuclear power industry to decrease emissions trades one ecological disaster for another.
Kamps goes on to say
The government should concentrate on improving energy efficiency and renewable energies to solve global warning.”