There are many sites that I have commented on that don’t let disagreeing comments stand.�� “Age of Autism” is one of the most notorious for removing comments that challenge the site’s stand on an issue.� They take comments down all the time.
Plenty of anti-nuclear sites also take down comments or just plain don’t allow them without approval.
The Website “Nuclear News” posted a story several days ago stating that the Bruce Power steam generators were posing a risk to the Great Lakes and described them as “dead reactors.”
I posted the following comment in response:
There are a number of major errors in this article. Itâ€™s not generally correct about the nature of the shipment or the items in question.
First of all, these are not â€œnuclear reactors.â€� They are steam generators. Theyâ€™re the portion of the system that transfers heat from the coolant of the reactor to the fluid that drives the turbines.
They are also not â€œdead.â€� The power plant is still very much functioning and these steam generators do not represent a retirement of the reactors or the power plant. Rather, theyâ€™re the old steam generators that were upgraded to new models. These steam generators are original to the plant and are not replaced with new steam generators that have helped boost the energy output of the plant and extend its life.
So, itâ€™s an upgrade, not a phase-out of any kind.
The old steam generators are being sent to Sweden for recycling. The metal is not actually radioactive, although there may be some minor surface residue, but since it was never exposed to the neutron flux, this is very minor and not really a hazard.
The only expense associated with this is just the fact that it is not cheap to ship a one hundred ton hulk to Europe. Itâ€™s an expensive proposition to just haul these to the docks, hoist the up and set them on ships and then send them on their way.
Really, though, the cost is not so bad. Weâ€™re talking about a massive upgrade project that has already cost more than six billion. It represents a major life extension and power increase for Bruce Station. This is a fairly small portion of the total project.
It’s not surprising that this comment was removed shortly after being posted.�� What is surprising is that I actually got an email about it!
I accept that the content is pretty much true.� I do note on your website that you do state that some radioactive content is there, though small.
I find it hard to believe that reputable people in the area are so worried, if there is nothing to worry about.
Perhaps these shipments are the precursor of worse ones?
Anyway, although I know that your comment is sensible – I’m not publishing it.� Why?
Well, it’s simply because, like the nuclear lobby – I am not fair.
Also the nuke lobby has funding for its campaign.� We have none.
I can’t afford to be fair-minded
Can’t afford to be fair minded?�� Geez, well that just about says it all!�� It reminds me a little of saying amongst lawyers, which goes something like “Be as honest and straight forward as possible when defending your client, unless, of course, they’re actually guilty.”
To put it another way, being fair minded is the way to go whenever the facts and reality are on your side.�� However, when they’re not, you absolutely can’t afford to be fair minded!
And for that matter, why was this put in a private communication?�� If you can’t defend your position publicly then, at least as far as I’m concerned, you have no place in advocating such positions.
This website does not censor comments, and as far as I’m concerned if you’re actually going to be based on reality, being “fair” should be number one.