When it comes to frequency and severity of nuclear disasters, no one compares to the Russians. Chernobyl was so dreadful that a generation later, horror movies are being made about the real-life catastrophe that deformed so many people.
Many have forgotten the level 6 nightmare known as the Kyshtym disaster where skin “sloughed” off bones like candle wax. Yet, in November of last year, it is suspected that Russia tested or leaked nuclear materials and hid it (again). As the Independent has revealed, the Russians have learned nothing from history.
The “nuclear Titanic” is the grim name being given to a “controversial floating nuclear power plant” that has begun its first voyage in what may be one of the most ill-advised ideas in history. This floating power station (that is one rouge wave away from disaster) is known as the Akademik Lomonosov and it was “towed out of the St Petersburg shipyard where it was constructed on Saturday.”
There has never been a power station such as this, and yet it has gained enough trust that it is to be loaded with toxic radioactive fuel before being taken “to the Arctic port of Pevek in the summer of 2019.” In a world where every environmentalist seems to screech at the thought of drilling, a far more deadly concoction of science is going to be drifting through the seas with little fanfare.
Greenpeace, to their credit, have called the plant a “floating Chernoybl,” a truth that only holds true if it keeps floating. After teh recent disaster in Japan, already, the world is seeing a mass die off of animal life in the Pacific. Not one ocean tuna from that ocean has been found to be clean of Japanese radiation, yet Russia is risking a second nightmare in waters not far removed from the area (in terms of radiation).
Jan Haverkamp is a nuclear expert who works with Greenpeace. He declared that “To test a nuclear reactor in a densely populated area like the center of St. Petersburg is irresponsible, to say the least. However, moving the testing of this ‘nuclear Titanic’ away from the public eye will not make it less so.”
Although it has been repeatedly established that man is not warming the planet, for those who buy the leftist line on the topic, Haverkamp showed why they too should be alarmed by this. “Nuclear reactors bobbing around the Arctic Ocean will pose a shockingly obvious threat to a fragile environment which is already under enormous pressure from climate change,” he said.
The expert added, “This hazardous venture is not just a threat to the Arctic, but, potentially, to other densely populated or vulnerable natural regions too.”
The remote regions of Russia’s north and east are to get the power from this station and it can produce enough energy for a town of 100,000 people.
A second plant is to be built in 2019 and Russia may even market these dangerous structures to other nations. Soon, these nuclear power plants could be owned by any nation and, in theory, used as a weapon. Those who don’t mind dying for a religion could easily poison whole sections of the Earth, if not all of it, with such devices!
That is if they don’t malfunction by themselves with no malicious intent needed.
Norway and Sweden are quite less than pleased by Russia new machines. Any mistake would impact them as if they had been bombed.
In a statement that sounds remarkably like the Titanic of which comparisons are being made, the manufacturer said, “[The Lomonosov] is designed with the great margin of safety that exceeds all possible threats and makes nuclear reactors invincible for tsunamis and other natural disasters.”
They all but called it unsinkable.
“In addition, the nuclear processes at the floating power unit meet all requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) and do not pose any threat to the environment,” they also said.
Then again, so did Three Miles Island, Fukushima, Windscale, Chernobyl, Mayvek…