Nuclear Expert: Pipe ruptures at Calif. nuke plant could have lead to meltdown, China Syndrome, catastrophic radioactivity release (VIDEO)

Published: February 6th, 2012 at 1:15 pm ET


Title: Are we in the “breakdown” faze of nuclear power?
Source: The Big Picture
Date: Feb 3, 2012

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann. Earlier this week – California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant had to be unexpectedly shut down after radioactive water was discovered leaking out of the plant’s Unit 3 reactor. […]

Transcript Summary at 6:15 in

Kamps: Two ruptures at San Onofre, a domino effect, a cascade of two ruptures, you could have a loss of coolant accident in the core which could lead to a meltdown, which could lead to a China Syndrome, burn through containment, and a catastrophic radioactivity release.

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Published: February 6th, 2012 at 1:15 pm ET


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19 comments to Nuclear Expert: Pipe ruptures at Calif. nuke plant could have lead to meltdown, China Syndrome, catastrophic radioactivity release (VIDEO)

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    These plants are 40+ years old, of course they’re going to start breaking down much more frequently. They are far more complicated and vulnerable than your average car or house, and maintained far more poorly. Expect the list of nuclear disasters to occur at a more and more rapid rate.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi farawayfan, agreed. Mack just posted a link on the discussion thread saying the NRC is evaluating if nukes should be online for even longer than 60 years.
      I guess govmts are in a dilemma now (I see the same here next door in France):
      – nuclear newbuild? Too expensive.
      – renewables? Sorry, overslept that one. En plus, too expensive.
      – rubberstaming? quick fix solution.

      • Mack Mack

        Hey B&B! Here’s the link:

        ” A new research program headed by the US Department of Energy will begin to investigate the case for reactor lifespans of greater than 60 years. ”

        • Mack Mack

          They’ve known about problems with these tubes for years!

          This was written in 1996:

          “Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reports that cracking of steam generator tubes is surging in US reactors. Cracking has been identified by NRC as having serious safety implications because the thousands steam generator tubes constitute a major reactor coolant pressure boundary.”

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        Some months ago a shill posted here that today’s problems are caused by anti-nukes successfully limiting new reactor startups. In his view, the poor industry has to get by with antiquated equipment as a result. They can/do/will spin anything to their advantage at any opportunity.

        • or-well

          Shut down old clunkers:
          sell one to Cuba,
          make one cooling tower
          the worlds biggest tuba,
          make one an attraction
          for tourists to see,
          make another a hive
          for homeless bees,
          use one for base-jumping,
          another for condos,
          make one a bass-thumping
          speaker for gonzos.
          All these plans and more
          are about saving money,
          longterm job creation
          and bureaucrat honey,
          as studies are needed
          across the whole nation –
          just don’t expect the
          risks to be heeded,
          unless and of course
          the people demand
          an end to insanity
          of nuclear plans.

    • 20 years of “life” left in these aging reactors built on fault lines and flood plains. The aging, cracked pipes need constant maintenance and supervision. Who is going to take care of this in the future? Where are the resources going to come from to keep a constant flow of energy to these devices for the next 50,000 years? Why is the responsible of every future generation of mankind to take care of the mess created in the past 50 years? We are such an arrogant, clueless society to have allowed these ELE contraptions to be built in the first place. Why is it when politicians talk about building better future for our children, they fail to comprehend that our children will be paying the cost of our need for instate gratification? It’s amazing that the US has more than a hundred of these reactors. The PTB have manifested their desire for Armageddon.

    • breaking down = nuclear radiation leaks !

  • Mack Mack

    This was posted in the Discussion Forum yesterday:

    ENE-newser “Auntie Nuke” interviewed a San Onofre whistleblower!

    Gives good insight into what’s going on at San Onofre:

  • Mack Mack

    Illinois residents!

    Listen @ around 3:00 for news on Byron NPP and tritium.

  • Mack Mack

    In 2006 —>

    “Radiation levels 16 times higher than allowed in drinking water were discovered last week in groundwater beneath Unit 1 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station”


    “Tritium leaks plagued nuclear plants, including San Onofre”

    Long, but good article with info on problems at NPP’s in IL, PA, AL, NJ, MN, NJ, NY, NB, VT and “EXELON’S PIPING PROBLEMS.”

  • Mack Mack

    Unlucky Seven:

    “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says tritium should measure no more than 20,000 picocuries per liter in drinking water. The agency estimates seven of 200,000 people who drink such water for decades would develop cancer.”

  • jec jec

    And 10 TEN United States nuclear plants have contaminiated water under containment vessel. “Dricks said that 10 other nuclear power plants have reported radioactive water beneath their containment structures.”–SO? And something was done to correct? Or is this just said to let everyone know tritium in groundwater is perfectly okay? Just “smile and be happy”…sound familiar?

  • americancommntr

    Thanks Russia Today. We’ll never be able to fully trust you, but you know, all you have to do to create all kinds of problems getting away with B.S. for America’s government, that is, more perfectly, to rectify all kinds of problems, is just tell the American people the truth. Just tell them the truth about news subjects which our government and corporate-acracy censor. Don’t put any, not one iota, of propaganda in it. Don’t try to trick, deceive, or defraud any American. Just tell the truth. Just perform the function no longer performed by 98% of American news media, and assign your intelligence services to the task of making sure your media is not bought out and subverted by the same folks who bought out and subverted ours.

  • stopnp stopnp

    I really would like to have a positive outlook about all of this. Being someone who has a brain. It’s not possible.

    I will say I have a lot of hope though. There are a lot of ppl on this site. I watch the counter grow more every day.

    This site among a few others continues to help inform me. I in turn use this knowledge to inform my friends and family. I hope my friends in San Clemente are paying attention. I hope they sign the petition to ban nuclear powered energy generation.

  • samus

    This guy’s considered an expert?
    He doesn’t even know what a beta is?
    He doesn’t know the difference between a leak and a rupture?
    He doesn’t even know that if radiation levels are so low that they can’t be detected they’re meaningless?

    If all radiation is “dangerous” then why aren’t we banning bananas?

    What a moron.