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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