posted on Jun, 6 2004 @ 09:20 PM
Yes, nuclear plants, like any industrial facility, do have minor flaws. This is inherent in any electrical/mechanical system. That is why all safety
systems are triple-redundant, at least. For intsance, the plant I worked at had six backup diesel generators, each one capable of running all
the necessary systems (this was a two-unit site, so two for each unit, plus two shared and for non-critical systems).
However, these flaws do not pose security or safety risks. There are very stringent requirements regarding what systems must be operational in order
for the reactor to be operating (yes, these requirements are followed to the letter). The systems are inspected several times a day, and maintenance
overhauls are performed on a regular basis. Let me make it very clear, safety is the primary concern in nuclear plant operations. Also, nuclear
plants are under intense scrutiny, from within (every employee), from the government (NRC has on-site inspectors at every plant), and from the media.
Due to this, minor issues that don't affect plant safety may often appear to be bigger issues.
I assure you, there are no "rent-a-cops" at a nuclear facility. Naturally, there are newer officers who haven't undergone weapons training who
won't be guarding vital areas, but there's always several fully-armed officers within 100 feet, even in the office buildings.
I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the "dry-ice buckets" you refer to. Some plants use ice condensors, the details of which I don't know. I'll
do a little research and see what I can find.