posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 01:53 PM
Originally posted by elevenaugust
Is the same process possible in US?
Arnie Gunderson mentioned one interesting issue in the US, which occurs when the licenses of aging plants
expire, and they seek renewal of the license.
In some cases, safety standards have improved since the original licenses were granted. Gunderson suggested it would be a good idea for the license
renewal process to include bringing the plant up to the latest safety standards, which I guess sounds logical.
However he says the power companies will fight this and won't want to spend a dime they don't have to when they get the license renewed.
I think there's a reason the licenses expire, which is to address this very type of issue. But it will take many people pressuring regulators to do
something if these practices are to change. It's a little scary knowing the reactor is 30 years old, but it's even scarier when they get a license
to run it another 30 years which at the end of that it will be 60 years old. I don't think the plants were really designed to last that long, and the
older components get, the higher their failure rates become. There will be some attrition in the US but it will be slow I think, due to all the