PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The director of Rhode Island's only nuclear reactor has assured state lawmakers the reactor is safe and under no threat of failure.
Terry Tehan, head of the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center, told the House Finance committee Friday that the reactor was nothing like the reactors that have had problems after the tsunami in Japan.The reactor, which doesn't produce electricity and is used only for research, is 2,000 times smaller than one at a typical nuclear power plant.BUT FORMER PROVIDENCE STATE REP. RAY RICKMAN SAID NO NUCLEAR REACTOR IS SAFE. He repeated his call for the state to decommission the reactor and reduce the budget of its state overseers.The reactor, located at the University of Rhode Island's Narragansett campus, is used for training students in nuclear technology.
"So, it doesn't produce any electricity? OK, then it's fine.
"What's that, you say? It's used for training nuclear engineers? In that case, it's extremely dangerous and has to go! If George Soros gets wind of this, he might send an economic hit team after us. Shut it down! Shut it down, NOW!"