A 10-year license for the South Carolina atomic factory near Columbia would be
dangerous. A 40-year license renewal as described in The State’s Sunday front-page story would be senseless. (“Federal study supports new 40-year license for Columbia nuclear plant”) Things change. Forty years ago, the phrase, “Google it,” would have been meaningless, and no one had a phone in their pocket. Forty years from now, it’s barely credible that a few nuclear reactors will remain. Perhaps there will be none at all.
Setting aside the real environmental dangers of leaking nuclear waste, the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission recommendation to renew the license for 40 years doesn’t make common sense.
- Joanne Williams, Columbia, Quaker