TROY – Oda administration officials have decided to initate plans to shut down and decommission the local T-12 underground nuclear power plant located on East Staunton Road near Miami Shores Golf Course.
Concerns have been raised within the thinking part of the community about the power plant’s economic viability and environmental impact. Most of all, folks are concerned about the risk to human lives in Miami County.
Dolph Manson, the official in charge of the city’s nuclear policy, informed the Miami County Bugle Caller that the administration plans to start the shut-down of the plant in March, a process that will last until 2042. Decommissioning and disposing of radioactive remains is estimated to cost $5 billion.
“After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, Mayor Beamish decided that Troy would gradually phase out nuclear power, and I am only following his directions. He can be pretty scary when he yells.”
The decision to pull the plug on the underground nuclear power plant also coincides with the opening of the oil fields in Brukner Nature Preserve.
Nuclear power plants, especially ones that are located underground, are very expensive to build. The upside is that, historically, they have been seen as having lower operating costs than most other sources of power.
However, this is no longer the case in Miami County where unprecedentedly low gas prices will kick in soon, making the costs for the plant unjustifiable.
“Sorry, we just cannot afford to pay the 35 employees, who– don’t put this in the article please– look like a bunch of Homer Simpsons, $200k a year to operate the damn plant. It’s just not feasible,” added Dolph Manson.
Environmental activists are concerned, but still a little confused about how to feel about the situation. While they do not like the potentially disastrous effects of a nuclear accident on the environment, they also do not want a carbon neutral form of energy generation to be replaced by fossil fuels.
Kim Karon of the environmental group ‘Save Brukner, Save the Children,’ is conflicted, she says.
“I want to save Brukner, and I also want to get rid of something that sounds bad. Nuclear power sounds bad. Geiger counters make scary noises. You bet your ass we are against the underground nuclear power plant, but at the same time, we really do not want its energy production to be replaced by fossil fuels. I am really not sure where I should protest.”
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