Letter: Wind farm fallout.
SIR - Mr Bleddyn Lake (December 12) epitomises the "Nelson's Eye" one-way logic of the classic environmentalist.
To imply that I did not know the difference between different types of radioactivity was his silly attempt to distract from the fact that the radiation from the sun kills up to 1,000 people and radon gas from natural granite outcrops kills up to 3,000 people every year in the UK.
Of course nuclear waste is highly dangerous - that's why it is safely stored in specialised containers in deep caverns.
As for the expense of storage, etc, being paid by the Government, I suggest he has to go back to the late 1980s when the nuclear industry was privatised.
The talk in the industry at that time was that the funds saved by the then CEGB since the late 1950s for the decommissioning of nuclear plants was never refunded.
Finally, Mr Blake extols the virtue of wind power.
Consider the danger from wind turbines. Relatively recently, a massive blade flew off a wind turbine in Ireland and went through the roof of a nearby family home.
In Denmark, a massive wind turbine totally disintegrated, causing a shower of metal shrapnel for up to a radius of half a mile, terrifying two technicians.
A blade flew off a massive wind turbine at a UK university, causing a storm of protest from nearby residents.
Thankfully no-one has been killed in incidents such as these.
There are more such incidents in the USA, but I think I have made the point.
Imagine what Mr Blake would be saying if highly lethal bits kept flying off our safe UK nuclear power stations.
Regarding dangerous, useless wind farms, his "Nelson's Eye" is obviously working maximum overtime.
JACK HARRIS, Swansea
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|Date:||Dec 23, 2008|
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