This week, Atlanta hosted the “8th Annual International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit,” a conference with nuclear industry representatives sharing false and misleading information about the viability of any nuclear energy sources.
Georgia WAND stands firmly against building any new nuclear power reactors and SMRs (small modular reactors) in particular. Despite promises by well-meaning professionals in the industry, SMRs are not safe, not cost-effective, and not a climate solution. In addition, they create more issues with managing nuclear waste and are a national security risk.
As we’ve seen in rural Georgia, in addition to regular releases of radioactivity from nuclear power reactors, the nuclear energy cycle contributes to the exacerbation and dispersion of radionuclides, heavy metals, and other environmental contaminants. The long-term public health effects, geographic reach of contaminants, and specific contaminant water pathways have yet to be determined. There should be no additional nuclear construction given these conditions on top of the research that’s already been done, which proves that nuclear energy is not clean, safe, or renewable. It doesn’t fit in a plan to address climate change.
And it results in damaging health impacts that hurt women and girls most.
Please take a look at our partner Physicians for Social Responsibility’s guide to SMRs here.
A special thanks to Damon Motz-Storey (of PSR) and Mary Olson (of NIRS) for their information about the health effects of nuclear weapons.