Missourians for Safe Energy is working to discourage our power company from building a second nuclear reactor in Calloway County, Mo., for these reasons:
- Uranium is limited and will be depleted if many new plants are built.
- Nuclear energy is not clean. Uranium mining pollutes soil, air and water. Transporting uranium uses polluting fossil-fuel vehicles.
- Building nuclear reactors is expensive. Even more expensive is covering the potential damage in case of accident. No insurance company will underwrite a nuclear plant for this reason. Therefore, by law, the federal government, i.e., the taxpayer, is forced to be the insurer at a huge financial risk.
- Nuclear energy is not safe. In addition to the risk of an accident that could release deadly radiation, the whole process is vulnerable to terrorist attack — uranium or spent fuel in transport, the reactor itself and temporarily stored spent fuel.
Nuclear energy is profitable only to the nuclear industry and only because the public takes all the risk. Developing renewable sources of energy would require a smaller investment and be less vulnerable to accident or attack.
Missourians for Safe Energy