Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
Nuclear power plants, because they are potentially one of the most dangerous things on this planet, are hence the safest. They have so many back-ups,
electronic ones, mechanical ones, human ones. . . that there is no chance of them failing. And these back-ups will not fail.
Perhaps they are built to withstand a simple plane strike, but does this account for what may be in the plane? Supposse the plane itself had weapons
in it meant to explode on impact - then what?
As for the rest of your statements, I just don't buy that. We have had nuclear accidents in the US, there are some biggies everyone should be aware
of. Then there are the little ones we don't hear about when things go wrong, that people would have serious concerns about if the word got out.
There are two incidents that occured while I lived near one (back in the 80's) where we were told it was nothing. If you asked anyone who worked
there at the time they wouldn't confirm that, though they wouldn't elaborate either, but you might get a "you don't want to know" out of someone
Let's not forget, there are quite a few built right on top of fault lines in the US. This alone puts their safety in serious doubt in my mind.
Personally, plane strike or not, I am not secure in the claim that these plants are "safe". The suppossed backup systems have failed in the past.
There is also evidence that the mere existence of one in your vicinity is cause for concern. Ever hear of the "Tooth Fairy Project?.
The study’s second major finding “is that counties located within 40 miles of each of six nuclear reactors have consistently higher Sr-90
levels than other counties in the same state.” For example, baby teeth tested from Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties in New York—near the
notorious Indian Point nukes —had concentrations of Sr-90 35.8 percent higher than teeth tested from the rest of the state. The statistical
probability of this being due to random chance is 1 in 1,000, according to RPHP calculations.
I'm not buying that these plants are safe to begin with. I'm not saying they aren't made to take a hit from a plane, but have they accounted for
the potential cargo of the plane?