As a followup to my posts, “Brown Trousers at Browns Ferry” and “Hi-Pro Glow,” the recent earthquake on the east coast prompted an Associated Press coda to the nuclear-plant study they did recently which I mentioned there. It was reprinted today in the Southeast Missourian , a conservative newspaper from a small conservative town (home of Rush Limbaugh, no less); if they’re publishing content like this these days, there may be hope for them yet. See http://www.semissourian.com/story/1758987.html for further details. Of course, they, and just about everyone else in the Mississippi Valley, are sitting on the New Madrid seismic zone, a giganticus fault system that doesn’t act up perceptibly very often, but is capable of huge quakes when the fault blocks decide to settle; see my recent post, “National Preparedness Week” for more info on that. I’ll just be interested to see if they publish my pseudonymical comment on the article.
As a related spinoff, I’m glad the administration pulled the plug on the Yucca Mountain disposal site for rad waste in Nevada. The base of that geological formation is porous, and that could lead to contamination of just about every aquifer and river in central California over time. I still like old salt mines for disposal; fractures from a quake would heal themselves, since the salt acts like a slow fluid, and the salt makes good shielding. Plus, due to electron-shell billiards being played between the radiation and the salt, it turns the salt purple over time, which is pretty cool. This disposal method has been working fine in Germany for decades. I’m just regretful that so much money was wasted trying to set the plan up in the first place.