Expert: “There’s another nuclear disaster” if operators aren’t able to connect temporary equipment in flooding

Published: November 1st, 2012 at 3:16 pm ET
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Title: U.S. nuclear energy safety questioned
Source: UPI
Author: LINYI ZHANG
Date: Nov. 1, 2012

The United States is headed toward a major nuclear disaster unless the government closely monitors aging power plants, safety advocates and activists said. [...]

Tuesday’s historic hurricane brought the issue into sharp focus as Oyster Creek nuclear station — one of the oldest nuclear plants adjacent to the Oyster Creek in New Jersey using Mark I boiling water reactor [identical to the containment vessels used at Fukushima Daiichi] — declared an alert because of high water levels. The plant experienced power disruption but backup diesel fuel was able to provide power for cooling.

But experts said if future events become more severe, under-designed protections might fail. [...]

If operators aren’t able to connect temporary equipment in flooding, “there’s another nuclear disaster,” said Dave Lochbaum, director of the nuclear safety program of Union of Concerned Scientists, a nuclear oversight group. [...]

See also: Report: Wave took out 5 of 6 critical pumps that cool reactor at NJ's Salem nuke plant -- Still operating on emergency cooling -- NRC yet to inform public -- At 100% power when Sandy hit

Published: November 1st, 2012 at 3:16 pm ET
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7 comments to Expert: “There’s another nuclear disaster” if operators aren’t able to connect temporary equipment in flooding

  • weeman

    Wonder what the odds are in Las Vegas, anybody want to place a wager, it's a sure winner.
    Madness pure dead brilliant.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Problem is, when fuel gets hot enough, a nuclear accident can't be recovered from, and poses grave risk to every living thing on earth.


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  • Sol Man

    If wind turbines keeled over, or some solar cells went on the fritz, or your car's rechargeable battery didn't, or even if your Bloom Box malfunctioned at least these can all be easily remedied with no loss of life,nor horrendous degradation of our collective biosphere, they can all be fixed.


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Why are we not using Tidal, wind and solar. Plenty of options, we don't need nuclear plants to produce energy. I know the reasons why but it still doesn't make any sense to me. Destroy the environment and jeopardize not just our species but a plethora of others and for what? To make weapons? We have enough nukes to destroy the planet 10x over. It's infuriating.


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  • dodge

    It's beginning to look like nuclear energy isn't the cost effective supply we all dreamed it would be. The industry is facing the reality that they cannot afford to shut down, can't just turn the lock in the door and walk away, let the bank take ownership again. Because we as a nation have refused to address the issue of long term waste storage/disposal we have continued to operate using temporary spent fuel storage pools — pools responsible for a major portion of the expense of nuclear energy generation. These expenses just become a larger portion of the nuclear energy production costs with each passing year. The industry answer — more/new capacity start up costs decline for a few years, it balances the expense of eventual shutdown and maintenance of facilities already long beyond the projected life. Government is their partner in this effort. Why, not only does the industry fund their election, but realistically they know they don't want the cleanup/maintenance costs to become government responsibility. Until the industry itself, transitions to alternative energy production, there is no way for them to attempt to clean up the mess they have made. Only safe renewal energy avoids the environmental risks/costs to provide a steady income to dig out from under past mistakes. Government will have to help — likely a tax on all production dedicated to dealing with years of toxic waste. Delay only increases cost.


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  • Sol Man

    In these various arenas, what is the motivating factor? Death wish?


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