posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 04:16 AM
Originally posted by Freedom_is_Slavery
reply to post by SFA437
» The maintenance shutdown. Because the reactor went offline in April for routine maintenance, nuclear fission hadn't taken place for weeks when
it became apparent that flooding would prevent restarting the plant. As a result, the reactor had cooled to about 80 degrees, whereas normally it
would have been about 560 degrees, Bannister said. Should something catastrophic happen, OPPD would have more time to act because it would take longer
for water in the reactor to heat to a dangerous level.
I don't think this is anywhere as bad as Fukushima
A reactor shutting down has nothing to do with a spent fuel rod pool other than if the pool has fresh fuel in it because it was removed for
maintenance it vastly increases the chance of the SFR pool having a major accident.
What you're seeing there is misdirection of the sort TEPCO used when all 3 of Fukushima's cores did the banana impression and split. Do you remember
the quote from them "No plutonium was found on the site" when in fact they had no equipment to detect it (factually correct but in reality a bald
faced lie). Do you remember the NRC and IAEA saying that a core breach was impossible... not virtually but literally impossible? We now have 3 core
breaches in Japan.
A large portion of the airborne radionuclides from Fukushima are not originating in the rector pressure vessels. Those cores are through the RPV,
through containment and are sitting either in the sub-basement or in the case of the #1 core most likely on the bedrock but they are still underground
The SFR pools there are offgassing directly to the atmosphere and the #4 SFR pool actually caught fire as the Zircaloy casings ignited.
When I add in things I have heard before from various government agencies whilst 3 cores and 4 SFR pools (possibly 6) were irradiating the hell out
of everything to the point that people in Japan are peeing hotter than is permissible for drinking water I get nervous. Things like this from your
“Fort Calhoun is in a unique situation,” the NRC's Burnell said. “But let me stress again that the plant is in a safe condition and is
expected to remain so.”
Fort Calhoun's chief nuclear officer, David Bannister, is equally emphatic.
“Let me be clear. The Fort Calhoun Station is safe, and it will continue to be safe throughout the duration of this event.”
That is almost exactly, word for word, what we heard in the first few days of Fukushima- even after #3 blew it's core out the top of the RPV.
There's also this tidbit buried at the bottom:
"According to the NRC review, OPPD was prepared for flooding up to a level of 1,009 feet above sea level — five feet below what the NRC
required. Additionally, the federal agency said, OPPD's plans for protecting the plant to the required 1,014 feet were flawed and subject to
Then we have this:
Nebraska's two nuclear plants aren't being factored into the Army Corps of Engineers schedule of dam releases, said Erik Blechinger, corps
“Flood-risk reduction is our priority right now,” he said. “We are working closely with OPPD and NPPD, so I would never say that we wouldn't
consider adjusting releases, but I can't imagine all the possible scenarios. Currently, there is just no flexibility in the system.”
This means eff the reactor if dam failure is apparent or the need to prevent flooding is present.
edit on 27-6-2011 by SFA437 because: (no