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In addition, an estimated 145,000 people died from epidemics (caused by contamination of the water) and from famine; some estimates put the total death toll at more than 220,000. The number of people affected by the disaster exceeded 10 million.
Originally posted by zorgon
Well I just hope they learn the lesson on where to store spent fuel rods... Had they been stored off site or in a separate building, they wouldn't be in such a mess right now...
Also when you build diesel generators on Tsunami beach, maybe a steel and concrete bunker might have been wise
Nuclear power plant vulnerability to deliberate aircraft crashes has been a continuing issue. After
much consideration, NRC published final rules on June 12, 2009, to require all new nuclear
power plants to incorporate design features that would ensure that, in the event of a crash by a
large commercial aircraft, the reactor core would remain cooled or the reactor containment would
remain intact, and radioactive releases would not occur from spent fuel storage pools.
NRC rejected proposals that existing reactors also be required to protect against aircraft crashes, such as by adding large external steel barriers, deciding that other mitigation measures already required by NRC for all reactors were sufficient. In 2002, NRC ordered all nuclear power plants to develop strategies to mitigate the effects of large fires and explosions that could result from aircraft crashes or other causes. NRC published a broad final rule on nuclear reactor security March 27, 2009, including fire mitigation strategies and requirements that reactors establish procedures for responding to specific aircraft threats.
NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- Plans for nuclear power project near Houston have been reduced while U.S. regulators assess the significance of the Japanese nuclear disaster, companies said.
Nuclear Innovation North America LLC, a joint venture between NRG Energy Inc. and Toshiba Corp., announced it was reducing the scope of development for its South Texas nuclear project about 90 miles southwest of Houston.
Washington - The United States' top nuclear regulator came under fire Tuesday for extending a 20-year license to an ageing power plant in the US state of Vermont, even as a nuclear crisis at a Japanese power plant continued.
Lawmakers from Vermont and private nuclear watchdogs questioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decision on Monday to give the four-decade-old Yankee nuclear plant in Vermont an extension.