April 18, 2000
After a long delay, I've finally found time to write another article.
This week's article is about the environment.
Some of you may have heard of a nuclear power plant called "Sellafield".
It is in a region called Cumbria, in the north west of England. The
plant reprocesses nuclear fuel so that it can be used again. The
British government spent over 800 million pounds to build the plant, in
anticipation of lucrative business deals with the Japanese nuclear
industry. Throughout its history, Sellafield has been in the news for
public health scares and for contamination of the local environment and
the Irish sea.
In the last few weeks, there has been a national scandal over the issue
of safety at Sellafield. Apparently, safety workers became bored, and
falsified their safety reports, to avoid doing work. In a further
scandal, it was found that vital nuclear equipment had been deliberately
sabotaged. Obviously, the Japanese were outraged and have threatened to
cancel the business deal. So, what should the government do? Should it "prop
up" this failing industry, to protect the jobs of the workers, or
should it "give it up as a bad lot" and stop "throwing good money after
Another recent news item was on the subject of "wind farms". These are
areas in which a large number of wind turbines are used to generate
electricity. On the edge of the Atlantic ocean, Britain is ideally
placed to generate power from the wind and the waves - it has a huge "wind
resource". Most people approve of these wind farms, because they
are non-polluting. However, people living near these farms consider
them to be a "blot on the landscape" - an "eyesore". They also claim
that these farms are very noisy.
If you have any opinions on the issues of nuclear energy and "renewable" sources of energy, or if you would like me to write an
article on another topic, then feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Duncan - Great Britain, enjoys writing to penpals from all over the world
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