Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tritium Sunrise

Don't you hate it when you wake up and you realize that you, me, the whole damned world are all one big high school science experiment?
According to a study released Monday by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, water sampling in December and January found tritium levels up to 215 times higher than normal in ocean water. The report doesn’t address risks to the public or marine life but tritium is typically monitored as a “tracer” of nuclear power plant leaks or spills.

The study comes two weeks after a Tallahassee judge ordered the utility and the state to clean up the nuclear plant’s cooling canals after concluding that they had caused a massive underground saltwater plume to migrate west, threatening a wellfield that supplies drinking water to the Florida Keys. The judge also found the state failed to address the pollution by crafting a faulty management plan.

This latest test, critics say, raise new questions about what they’ve long suspected: That canals that began running too hot and salty the summer after FPL overhauled two reactors to produce more power could also be polluting the bay.

“How much damage is that cooling canal system causing the bay is a question to be answered,” said Everglades Law Center attorney Julie Dick, who had not had a chance to review the report. “There are a lot more unknowns than knowns and it just shows how much more attention we need to be paying to that cooling canal system.”

How much damage is that cooling canal system causing the bay is a question to be answered, because we just don't fracking know. 

There is no source of energy more heavily subsidized by the taxpayers than nuclear energy, but that subsidy isn't directly in dollars. The subsidy is in the form of assumed taxpayer liability for nuclear accidents.

Meanwhile this is the sunshine state and solar power is reaching cost-parity with other popular forms of energy, so we're cool right?  Wrong! Our energy companies are heavily invested in the status quo and see solar energy as a threat to their monopoly status. In response to this threat they are backing an Orwellianly worded solar energy amendment that may appear on our ballots in November. It is a wolf in sheep's clothing – a tool to maintain the status quo!  

Do not vote for it! 

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s Supreme Court justices indicated Monday they are divided over whether or not a utility-backed amendment relating to solar energy is misleading and should not appear on the ballot.

In oral arguments, environmental advocates said the proposal by “Consumers for Smart Solar” is unconstitutionally misleading because it lures voters into thinking it will increase access to rooftop solar when, in fact, it will reduce solar options.

Proponents say the amendment is needed to make the right to install solar panels a constitutional right. They deny the proposal is intended to protect the regulated utilities, who control the current solar market, from competition.

“Any person that wants solar should vote for this amendment,” said Alvin Davis, attorney for the regulated utilities. He warned that rival companies could come to Florida, sell solar panels, go “back to where ever they came from and, when the panels don’t work or when the prices aren’t fair, you are stuck with it.”

But Bob Nabors, attorney for Floridians for Solar Choice, the solar industry-backed organization that started the solar wars, disagreed.

The proposed amendment — “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice” — “puts in place the majority of rights that are already here, which creates the false impression to the voter that he’s getting something he is not,” Nabors said. He said the same protections they want enshrined into the Constitution are already allowed in current law.

The utility industry sought the “Smart Solar” amendment as a reaction to an effort by Floridians for Solar Choice to get an amendment on the November ballot that would have prevented legislators and regulators from erecting barriers to solar development. Under that plan, homeowners would be allowed to hire a third-party company to install up to 2 megawatts of solar energy on their homes and businesses and sell it to neighbors, a practice called third-party leasing that is not allowed in current law.
On a separate matter, RIP to the 5th Beatle George Martin. Well done, Sir.

1 comment:

  1. I just fell out of my chair. All of south dade. Pinecrest. That bay area below Pincecrest (BUG BAY? Palmetto bay, something like that) and Homestead and Florida City. OMG, Florida City. The value of the farm land!!!! The residual cancers from the raidioactive rain. I'm busting. I'm busting. By the time I get through with this Trump's plane will be the small plane that follows me around on my big one.

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