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Originally posted by CleverName
Hello I have a question I was hoping some of you might be able to help me with. In a scenario where population is greatly diminished -where in America would be a safe place from the fallout of unmanned nuclear stations when they go critical? I've seen this map of nuclear stations here - www.insc.anl.gov... but I was hoping someone could shed some light were would be safe taking in account of natural weather patterns, wind currents, as well as water drainage. This has bothered me for some time so it would be great to get some feedback. Thanks!
Storage site have the spacing of the fuel bundles a safe non reacting distance apart so that there is no nuclear reaction.
The water in the storage ponds is to shield the workers at the storage site from the radioactivity of the spent fuel rods.
If the water was removed nothing would happen out side of the site but you would not want to enter the site without protection.
You would not want to climb over the fence and go up to look at the dry fuel rod bundles. without the shielding of the water you would get a large dose of radioactivity
But even dry the radioactivity would NOT be blowing in the wind.
and someone climbing over the fence and stealing part of a fuel rod would not get far.
This leaves someone blowing up a reactor or storage site and for that all bets are off as to what would happen.
Originally posted by ANNED
In the US reactors will shut themselves down in a SHTF.
reactors in the US are computer controlled.
the control rod and systems are HELD OPEN by the computer system.