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posted by Weaseldog @ 12:30 PM
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nothing bad could ever happen to one or more of our nukes. we are smarter and better than the japanese and we spend so much more money on safety stuff and such.
Right. Those Japanese are just technically and socially inferior.That can't happen here.
A little flood won't bother them. Hell, they won't even have to shut down operations. They can just paddle over in canoes and enter through a second floor window. Our stuff is all good and their stuff is no good.
from the nyt:TSURUGA, Japan — Three hundred miles southwest of Fukushima, at a nuclear reactor perched on the slopes of this rustic peninsula, engineers are engaged in another precarious struggle.Enlarge This ImageKosuke Okahara for The New York TimesThe Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor — a long-troubled national project — has been in a precarious state of shutdown since a 3.3-ton device crashed into the reactor’s inner vessel, cutting off access to the plutonium and uranium fuel rods at its core.Engineers have tried repeatedly since the accident last August to recover the device, which appears to have gotten stuck. They will make another attempt as early as next week.But critics warn that the recovery process is fraught with dangers because the plant uses large quantities of liquid sodium, a highly flammable substance, to cool the nuclear fuel.The Monju reactor, which forms the cornerstone of a national project by resource-poor Japan to reuse and eventually produce nuclear fuel, shows the tensions between the scale of Japan’s nuclear ambitions and the risks.The plant, a $12 billion project, has a history of safety lapses. It was shuttered for 14 years after a devastating fire in 1995, one of Japan’s most serious nuclear accidents before this year’s crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station...I could leave a link but the slimes has gone to paywall. You can access it through this [link]
some foreign news orgs are reporting a full news blackout in nebraska.
Howdy WD/ Jack ... again ... this is the only place where I been viewing this ... but I havent been to many other source's either, beside's a radio on the weekend in the car. Put it this way WD .... it's never a worry, danger or concern, until many lives get ost, then the whining start's, but this is just the tip of the iceberg Bub ... we aint seen nothin yet, but these facilities are going to bring us much more harm in the near furure than any of us anticipated ... but I'll shut the Hell up on that note.
Rant on RC.I've come across numerous articles now, discussing the news blackout on this topic.If you do a Youtube search on "Calhoun Nuclear" and filter on the last 3 days, you'll find user submitted videos from folks sneaking on to the property to film the flooding. According to them, the the first floor of the plant is flooded, but the second floor with the generators and storage pools is dry. I guess workers are getting in and out by boat now.The NRC says not to worry, these plants are designed with this in mind.
Actually, none of the floors are flooded since the plant is currently surrounded by a 6-8 foot high water berm and pumps are currently handling any water getting through. There are boats on site for maintenance and supply purposes, but people are getting into and out of the plant and surrounding buildings via elevated walkways. These are visible from photographs taken during the last few days from the air.
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