posted on May, 9 2017 @ 01:01 PM
a reply to: EchoesInTime
Well, it's not another Fukushima... that was a multiple meltdown without containment, about as bad as it gets. A full-scale test of the China Syndrome
But it's still bad enough. There's a lot of mean old particles and waves bouncing around in those rail cars.
Worst case is contamination of groundwater with the waste itself. Some of that stuff has thousands of years half-life. Luckily, if NRC guidelines were
followed, that is unlikely. The rail cars should have survived intact. The problem now is that someone needs to unbury them, and in the unlikely case
of a rail car breach, that's suicide. The excavators will likely be working in full radioactive suits when they get close, and will have Geiger
counters running continuously to alert them if a breach is approached. That will take some time.
My concern is why the rail cars were parked underground in an area known to experience earthquakes? The plant itself is one thing; nuclear plants in
the US are designed to withstand seismic events 1 magnitude higher than the greatest event in the past 100 years (and I would suspect the NRC wouldn't
be blind to high-magnitude events known before that). In other words, if there was an 8.0 99 years ago, the plant is designed to withstand a 9.0.
That's a big part of why nuke plants are so expensive.
The ground is not designed to seismic standards. Therefore why would anything radioactive be stored in what could be (was) an inferior-designed
structure like a tunnel?
There may already be NRC regs against this, but I don't personally know of any. There may well be such regulations tomorrow, though.
Bottom line... not a Fukushima, and likely fixable at this point. Residents, watch the news but relax. And please keep us informed. Just in case.