The Caiptal of the Chinese Province Yunnan has seen a spectacular growth in recent years. Just like many other major population centres in the country. Yunnan’s energy production is mostly green, coming from hydro power. Seemingly a good thing. Countries down stream are not unanimously happy with that though.
The most senior and most controversial of French nuclear reactors the Fessenheim 1, in operation since 1977, is in the next few days expected to receive permission to continue operation for another 10 years by the Nuclear Safety Authority of France (ASN), According to an article in the French Daily, Le Figaro. The outdated reactor is located in the Alsace region along the River Rhine. “In the event of a serious accident with even only a partial nuclear fusion its too thin concrete floor could be pierced and the Rhine would be contaminated, all the way to Rotterdam.”
The Colorado river is not only threatened by climate change and over-use of the river water. A major threat comes from an enormous radioactive mining-waste pit. This waste, or ‘tailings’ site is located on the bank of the Colorado River, in Moab, Utah, a small town that turned into the uranium capital of the world in the 1950`s.
“In Grand Junction they used radioactive soil to construct roads and foundations of residential homes”
“The Central Arizona Project is the single biggest user of energy in the state of Arizona”
Stacy Tellinghuisen, Western Resource Advocates