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The 90-ton doors stand open above the silo.  Its future use - a dance space.
The 90-ton doors stand open above the silo. Its future use - a dance space.

A Cold War relic with a new mission

Australian architectural designer Alexander Michael opens an exhibit of his sculptures this Saturday at his part time Adirondack hidden home that once housed an anti-ballistic missile (ABM). Michael will also give tours of his former Atlas Missile Silo in Lewis, in the Champlain Valley.

Twelve ABM sites were built near the Plattsburgh Air Force base in the early 1960's, hidden in the mountains. Each deep underground silo held a missile, and quarters where the crews lived and worked. Many of these silos were taken off alert and fully decommissioned within a few years.

Following their closure, most of them were sold off to local towns, salvage companies or left to decay. But Michael's Lewis Missile Base, also known as Boquet 556-5, is one of the more impressively restored missile silos.

He lives there for about eight weeks each year, and for more than ten years, he's pumped out water, hauled out or recycled scrap metal, restored the former Launch Control Center into an underground retreat. Todd Moe stopped by for a tour.  Go to full article
[If] a community is already overburdened with pollution, they can't build a power plant there.

New power plant siting law may help close Indian Point

Governor Cuomo has signed into law a new power plant siting measure that he says will create jobs and clean energy, and may help spur the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant.  Go to full article
What is the risk, what can you do about it, can it be mitigated?

Cuomo pledges review of nuclear power plant

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has pledged to make the Indian Point nuclear power plant it's first priority in reviewing seismic risk at the nation's nuclear power plants in light of the disastrous earthquake in Japan.

Cuomo stopped short, though, of calling for a shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Indian Point nuclear power plant. Photo: Daniel Case (Wikipedia Commons)
Indian Point nuclear power plant. Photo: Daniel Case (Wikipedia Commons)

Cuomo: NY will review safety at nuclear plant

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's concerned over a report that one of the nuclear reactors at the Indian Point power plant along the Hudson River is on an earthquake fault line, and is checking into the matter. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The nearest nuclear plant is on the shores of Lake Ontario in Oswego
The nearest nuclear plant is on the shores of Lake Ontario in Oswego

Massena proposes going nuclear

Massena town supervisor Joe Gray's been busy lately. He's been fielding calls from people reacting to his proposal last week to bring a nuclear power plant to the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

Nuclear power has evoked deep divisions in communities across the country. A reactor would bring hundreds of good-paying jobs and a big boost to the tax rolls. But it also raises concerns about radioactive waste and impacts on the health of local residents and the St. Lawrence River.

Joe Gray says he knew the proposal would be controversial. A majority of the feedback he's received he says has been positive. Details are still very sketchy. Gray told David Sommerstein Massena has the resources to go nuclear.  Go to full article
Bruce Power's nuclear power plant on Lake Huron
Bruce Power's nuclear power plant on Lake Huron

Groups raise alarm over shipping nuclear waste on Seaway

A coalition is trying to stop a nuclear plant from shipping low-level radioactive waste to Sweden by way of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Bruce Power operates North America's largest nuclear power plant northwest of Toronto. The company says its plan is safe and good for the environment. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New Nuke Plants North of the Border?

As many as eight new nuclear reactors might be built over the next twenty years if recommendations are acted on north of the border. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, dwindling energy supplies have put Ontario's new government in a corner, and political leaders say there may be little choice but to build more nuclear plants.  Go to full article

Group Calls For Nuke Plant Phaseout

A group that promotes green energy says the electricity crisis across North America is going to get worse. And the group says refurbishing old nuclear power plants is not the answer. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports.  Go to full article

Canada to Restart Nuke Program?

The debate over nuclear energy in the Great Lakes Region will likely heat up again in the coming months. In Canada, three reactors are coming back online after they were closed for years. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, a new nuclear power plant might be built.  Go to full article

Nuclear Waste To Set Sail on Great Lakes?

A proposal under consideration by the Bush Administration to ship nuclear waste across one of the Great Lakes is getting a cool response north of the border. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, Canadian officials say they know nothing of the plan.  Go to full article

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