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Enviro-Mich message from "Patrick Diehl" <patmec@voyager.net>

To Rane Curl et al:

It makes us cringe whenever nuclear power proponents start talking about how
safe it is to generate and transport nuclear waste.  While the possibility
of a catastrophic nuclear accident might be small, the human and
environmental toll when one occurs is unfathomable.  The Chernobyl
accident which occurred on April 26, 1986, in the Ukraine is blamed for the
deaths of some 2,500 people.  It has affected millions and displaced
hundreds of thousands, many of whom have still not been able to return to
their homes 16 years later.  How safe is that?!

This debate cannot be based on risk analysis anyway.  There are legitimate
risks associated with nuclear energy generation and nuclear waste transport.
Period.  This is really a value judgment, pure and simple.  Why would anyone
want to generate and transport high level nuclear waste that can be harmful
to life on this planet for tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands years
when non-toxic renewable alternatives like wind, hydrogen, and solar exist
that can adequately meet our needs today?

David Wright and Pat Diehl

Patrick Diehl
Associate Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Drive, Ste. 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
517-487-9541 fax

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