We Could have Lost Windsor!
Back in 1966, there was a little nuclear incident (accident) at the Fermi 1 Nuclear Power Station in Munroe County, Michigan. It was little reported. One might even say their was a conspiracy of silence. Makes one wonder how many other nuclear incidents have happened without the public being properly informed.
With the current concern for renewable energy nuclear power is getting another look as the great green, cheap solution in spite of the persistent problems: high capital costs, the inevitable accidents, and what to do with the persistent dangerous waste.
There is a need for public discussion of this energy source and its serious problems as well as the promise .
Only recently did I learn about the Fermi 1 incident. I have been interested in nuclear power all my adult life. My first social protests were about "Ban the Bomb" and the attempted introduction of American BOMARC missles in Canada at North Bay. (An American owned disarmed BOMARC up on a pedestal is one of the sights to see in that city even today. The Americans are supposed to come and take it back soon.)
The reality of the Fermi incident is chilling. If it had been a meltdown and explosion the damage would have been disasterous for the US and Canada. Since then we have had Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, too big to be kept from the public., to help us understand the consequences. Perhaps, a look at the result of Chernobyl, The Dead Zone is the place to start getting yourself worried.
In North Bay every year Ukrainian children affected still from this nuclear disaster come for a visit for the summer to recover from their polluted environment a little in the fresh air, water and safe food. It apparently does them some good and reminds us yearly of the on-going environmental damage of that nuclear incident. If the Fermi 1 incident had gone bad, their reality could be our reality today.
Voices have occasionaly been raised. Below are the lyrics to a song written by Gil Scott- Heron. in protest of the incident at Fermi 1.
We Almost Lost Detroit
It stands on a highway
like a Creature from another time.
It inspires the babies' questions,