Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Concerns and Then There Are Concerns

And the Premier of New Brunswick, Canada doesn't have any:

The premier of New Brunswick says he has no concerns about resuming nuclear power generation in his province, despite the nuclear crisis in Japan.

And why might this be?
Premier David Alward said Monday he knows the incident in Japan has caused some concern over his province's nuclear facility.
"I'm concerned about confidence that could be undermined because of that," he said.
"What I can assure the people of New Brunswick is the work that's being done at Lepreau is with full regulatory process, full transparency and in a very safe way."

Lepreau has been offline for awhile for refurbishment (so it can stay in operation another 30 years), and work continues to return it to service in 2012. Read the rest of the story - they're well aware of concerns, but apparently, the plant is not vulnerable to the problems experienced in Japan.
And Simone di Silvestro, race car driver, seems well able to fields concerns as well as questions:
“I got questioned about Japan over the weekend but mostly about my new car, new chief engineer and my new sponsor, Entergy. I couldn’t be more proud to represent Entergy and this industry since I am a personal advocate for clean and safe nuclear power,” noted De Silvestro after her successful sponsor debut on Sunday. “I have been inside a nuclear power plant and seen first-hand the security and precision of operations at Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. I’ve been very happy to talk about that,” she concluded.

Entergy is sponsoring the Newman Wachs-sponsored car (NEI had it in some previous years), which just started its season at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix in Florida. Di Simone finished fourth. I liked this detail, though:
Driver Takuma Sato, sponsored by Panasonic, replaced his sponsor logo with a map and a message for Japan, his home country. He placed fifth.

Good for Sato (that's him glaring at you above). Vroom!

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