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Uranium Mining for Nuclear Power Plants- Another Way to Contaminate Water Supply

14 June 2007 at 8:07:38 AM

And another reason that nuclear energy isn't all clean and wonderful-not if you have to do THIS to get uranium. While out last night, I heard part of the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and a bit he was doing on uranium mining and a NEW way to put crap into the ground. Ugh. In-Situ Mining.

TOM BEARDEN: In-situ mining involves injecting chemically treated water into the ground to dissolve the uranium. The fluids are then pumped back to the surface. Davis and her neighbors are afraid the process will contaminate the underground aquifer that supplies drinking water to farms and ranches all across this part of the state.

Naturelly, the Powertech guy that's PUTTING this into the ground thinks it's all just fine.

TOM BEARDEN: Richard Blubaugh heads up the Health and Safety Division of Powertech. He discounts any real risk of aquifer contamination.

What are the odds of that happening?

RICHARD BLUBAUGH: Well, I'd say they're vanishingly small.

TOM BEARDEN: Can you guarantee it won't happen?

RICHARD BLUBAUGH: The guarantee question is not really a fair question. I mean, there's no guarantees, but rules have tightened. The regulators have taken a much more active role in inspection, and monitoring, and looking over your shoulder.

That says about NOTHING, doesn't it?

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