a question or 2 for the wonks:
As a resident of the Chicago area, I've been aware for some time now of the tremendous problems involved in retiring nuke plants. These plants have a finite productive life, as do all such instruments, but when a wind turbine wears out, its not necessary to bury the entire facility in a desert cave as it is with a nuke plant at the end of its productive life.
Also, don't fast breeder reactors require cooling by liquid sodium? The dangers of a nuke plant who's primary loop is filled with sodium are magnitudes more imposing than those of light water reactors, no? I recall my days long ago in the navy sub service where a machinists mate was transferred to my boat (SSBN) from the old Seawolf. He spoke of the hazzards of sodium cooled reactors with a convincing tone of fear in his voice. I'm pretty sure that the 1st Seawolf was the only US sub ever to use a liquid sodium cooled plant.