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Letter to the Editor: Response to the letter by Paula Wellnitz

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By Jerry Stotler


I recently received an email with some pictures of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan. I was amazed. We dropped an atom bomb on each city and the devastation was massive and there was all the hype about the radiation left behind by them. But the pictures of Hiroshima only 67 years later. I could not believe it. I had to go on line and check for myself. They rebuilt those cities and they are magnificent. Two beautiful cities 67 years after an atom bomb. How can that be? The radiation was supposed to kill the land and make it uninhabitable for a thousand years. Yet there they were, two beautiful cities right in front of me. Go on the internet and see them for yourself. Wow.

If all the hype is true about the results of an atom bomb, it would be impossible to rebuild those cities. So there must be something wrong with that hype. That's obvious.

The devastation at the nuclear power plant in Japan that was destroyed by the tsunami was caused by the destruction of the generators that were to run the water pumps that were to pump out the excess water. They were below ground and when the water came, it flooded the areas where those generators were. No generators, no pumps. That was a design problem that no one anticipated. We know better now. Modern nuclear power plants are far advanced and those design flaws are highly unlikely.

I have no idea how they were able to rebuild Hiroshima and Nagasaki after such dirty bombs were dropped on them. The point is that we can't believe everything they tell us about the radiation. We often make assumptions based on faulty data especially when the fear of radiation is so high. To add insult to injury we have outsiders wringing their hands and dumping hysteria on us. Do you know what? If you don't live in Utah and especially in Green River or down wind from it, shut up. You don't even have a right to an opinion about this.

Southern California has many large earthquakes, on a scale of 6's and 7's, yet the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant remains safe and solid. We know how to build earthquake safe structures so I am not the least bit concerned about an earthquake hazard damaging the Green River power plant, and if there is a 100 year flood we know not to put the pumps below ground. Go ahead and build the plants, we will be just fine.

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