Expert: Report shows California nuclear plant “will progressively destroy itself” — AP: Could breakdown at full power (VIDEO)

Published: March 19th, 2013 at 1:16 pm ET
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Associated Press, March 18, 2013: Calif. nuke plant could breakdown at full power [...] The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California could be restarted safely and run at full power, but the risk of a breakdown would increase to vexing levels after 11 months, a report concluded Monday. [...] The report projected that even at 70 percent power, the risk of a tube break would increase to an unacceptable level after about a year-and-a-half. Those calculations were based on conditions in its sister, Unit 3, where tube damage was more extensive. [... Acccording to Daniel Hirsch, a lecturer on nuclear policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz,] “If it were safe, they wouldn’t have to twist logic into a pretzel to try to claim they can run at 100 percent power after a year of claiming they can’t.” [Nuclear engineer] John Large, a consultant for Friends of the Earth, an advocacy group challenging the restart, said the report amounted to a prediction “that the plant will progressively destroy itself.” [...]

FOX5 San Diego: [...] John Large, a London-based nuclear engineer for a group called Friends of the Earth, said the report actually shows that SONGS will progressively destroy itself. “If the Intertek analysis is correct, the plant only has a remaining total service life of one year at full power, or 16 months at 70 percent power,” Large said. “After this I doubt if any option will exist for Edison to repair the plant’s steam generators because the problem lies deep within the tube bundle, being essentially inaccessible by human or machine.” He said there are ” enormous uncertainties” with predicting degradation of the tubes. [...]

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Published: March 19th, 2013 at 1:16 pm ET
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15 comments to Expert: Report shows California nuclear plant “will progressively destroy itself” — AP: Could breakdown at full power (VIDEO)

  • Nuclear Power Plants will progressively destroy the planet.

    IMO – They already are!

    If it's not a tube break, then maybe it will be a combination of things like an earthquake followed by a tsunami followed by tube failures. It happens.

    The crazy high RISKS to the planet and all life far outweigh any shortsighted possible benefit to humanity.

    The continued radioactive emissions daily with no end in sight from Fukushima Daiichi absolutely proves this.


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    • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

      There is no benefit to humanity. The enormous economic costs are bankrupting the economies of the world. It contributes to severe storms more than any other factor, and causes climate change more and faster than fossil fuels. It sacrifices the lives of those being killed by the radionuclides being vented every day by every nuclear power plant and reactor in the world. The tritium and Krypton 85 and nuclear waste are destroying our land for living, for agriculture, our water for drinking, and our air for breathing. The nucleocrats and politicians love money even more than their own lives or the lives of their children. They have no morals because they are stealing the money of the people they are supposed to be serving. A kleptocracy will destroy the world.


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  • weeman

    It would not suprise me if the evil empire still tried to get every penny out of that reactor, acceptable risk in their perverted minds, nuts general Bradley.


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  • 16Penny 16Penny

    "“If it were safe, they wouldn’t have to twist logic into a pretzel to try to claim they can run at 100 percent power after a year of claiming they can’t.” [Nuclear engineer] John Large, a consultant for Friends of the Earth"

    Proof that even all Nuclear Engineer's are not inherently evil. This one is obviously thinking not just parroting or spreading propaganda.


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  • I just hi-lighted the deadliest earthquake corridor on the planet & China's plans to chuck a couple or three reactors into it shortly..


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  • With a report like that why not just shut it down? On the other hand if it melted out and we had a US Fukushima guarenteed nuclear industry dead.


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  • patb2009

    the only fix is to design and install new heat exchangers but it's a 2 year job.

    these reactors were meant for a 25 year life, going longer is madness


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  • Azgirl7 Azgirl7

    It's like building Lamborginis wothout brakes for everyone.


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  • ftlt

    Radiation weakens steel…


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  • Mack Mack

    "Peter Dietrich, San Onofre Nuclear Plant Boss, Made $2M In 2012 Despite Plant Being Shut Down"

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/16/peter-dietrich-san-onofre_n_2891791.html


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  • nedlifromvermont

    Who is going to root for the destruction of southern California and maybe the destruction of the balance of the entirely hoodwinked US of A???

    Only a few psycopathic executives at GE, or one of its acolyte substations, like the electro-mechanical nut jobs at SONGS …

    Whom are we protecting with all our over-paying???

    Kind of like the Iraqi who asked the world in 2004 … "Who is killing us?"

    GE and all their weirdo nuclear friends and paid for shills …

    that's who …

    peace …


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    • hbjon hbjon

      It's not too often I bust into song, but your post has inspired me. 4/4 All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray, (and the sky is gray) I'd be safe and warm if I was in LA (if I was in LA) California dreamin on a winters day. The most beautiful place in the greatest state of the greatest country this world has ever known. Who wants to profit on its destruction?


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