Gundersen: Beams holding up nuclear reactor likely to fail during accident at US plant — I was dumbfounded… how can they know about this and not do anything for decades? (AUDIO)

Published: December 23rd, 2012 at 11:32 pm ET


Title: NRC Fails to Enforce its own Regulation
Source: Fairewinds Energy Education
Date: Dec 23, 2012

At 3:15 in

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: We’re looking at the beams that hold things like the nuclear reactor up or the steam generators and the pressurizer. They’re major structural beams and what they discovered is that in a normal day to day life of [Nebraska’s Fort Calhoun nuclear] power plant they’ll hold just fine. But if there’s a pipe break, the stresses and the shaking of the systems are such that those beams inside the containment are likely to fail.

[…] If there had been [an accident] it’s likely the insides of the plant would have shaken to the point the emergency core cooling wouldn’t have worked. […]

And frankly I was dumbfounded, I mean how can you know about incorrect, incomplete, missing calculations, numerical errors for two decades and not do anything about it? […]

We started a fundraiser about a month ago trying to get enough money to  move forward into 2013 and I’m really gratified by the results. We’re 80% there. We thought wed need about $50,000 to get through 2013 and  so far people have donated about $40,000 so we’re really close to our goal. It’s so gratifying to walk down to the mail and get small checks from many people who really care about the message of Fairewinds.

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Published: December 23rd, 2012 at 11:32 pm ET


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9 comments to Gundersen: Beams holding up nuclear reactor likely to fail during accident at US plant — I was dumbfounded… how can they know about this and not do anything for decades? (AUDIO)

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Maybe it's because they are only interested in profits and not the well being of the environment or the public.
    Do things cheap as possible, be quiet, and let the profits roll in.

    Not sure why these plants are legal to build, when they have been known to kill.

  • dosdos dosdos

    The main weakness of any nuclear plant is greed.

  • And then it might be a good idea to ask…

    Just how many, "incorrect, incomplete, missing calculations, numerical errors", are there throughout all of the Nuclear Power Plants?

    Combine that with arrogance and human error and the results are bound to be catastrophic.

    ALL of these over priced, over rated Death Machines need to be decommissioned immediately.

  • Sol Man

    You would think that if there are energy sources that when they are in failure mode that they do not contaminate everything for all time that all people would be all for it; very supportive. There must be a clamoring for life; for the benefit of the people that will be inhabiting the earth long after we are gone. Are we so collectively spiritually stunted with eyes greed-crossed and our representative politicians financially conflicted by the money-spewing, death-designing corporations that we are not able to speak up for life? No! Most of us here and enenews want all alternative means of energy production utilized. Close all of the death-spewing machines down and make decisions that enhance life!

    TPTB: Make decisions that make our world and life better. We need to greatly diminish radiation, voc/pesticide/herbicide/gmo/ drug contamination everywhere. We are on a very bad trajectory at this point in time. I don't know if there is time or inclination to change it. We see it all round us- the children are suffering!

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Sol Man, "There must be a clamoring for life; for the benefit of the people that will be inhabiting the earth long after we are gone". So well said.

  • natano natano

    Remember when GE bought NBC? It just so happened that NBC decided to do a week long news hour mini series on the benefits of clean nuclear power. Talk about coincidental. Look at who controls the US media – 5 corporations all tied to the fossil fuel and nuclear industry. Any wonder why people still believe that the media is liberal? That's like saying republicans are conservative even tho the last republican administration that balanced a budget and didn't dramatically balloon the deficit was in the 1950's.
    If the media was liberal, this site wouldn't be the only place on the planet that you could get good and current information on. So windorsolarplease, that's how these plants are able to keep operating. It's better to be uninformed than misinformed. The public would be alarmed if they were exposed to the right information. Until people figure out that they are being lied to by the so called 'liberal' media we will continue to veer off into the ditch. Nuclear waste will turn this beautiful blue ball into a cosmic smudge mark only to be avoided by celestial travelers in the future. And it's all because people are not getting good information. Please consider sending a little change to help educate the misdirected masses.
    Does anyone know how ENE is funded? They deserve a metal.

  • weeman

    That is nothing but complicity to annailate the human race, tell me surly the building inspectors brought this to their attention and the NRC must have concerns never mind the WHO must have been aware and countless other organizations set up to monitor the industry. So what happened, I bet the IAEA used there trump card and sweep it under the carpet, because the implicitions would mean astronomical costs.

    When you are playing with something as dangerious as a nuclear reactor, no cost should be to much that is why we must close these monstrosities, as it is impossible to make them completely safe and the consequences out weigh the benefit, never mind it is not a clean power source if you factor in the build and decommissioning, never mind the waste that you do not have a long term plan for, the common spent fuel pool was designed for short term storage till they found a suitable place to store, that was is in 50s and no were in the world is there a depository, wonder why ha.

  • fishwharf

    I'm mailing another check to Fairewinds. Bless you Arnie, and please keep up the good work.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    fishwharf, good idea. Me, too. Enenews, too.