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In an interview with the Guardian, the man in charge of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has warned that a similar disaster could easily befall any of the world's nuclear power plants.
Commenting on the United Kingdom's plans to build a new generation of nuclear plants in Somerset, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) president Naomi Hirose said that the British nuclear power industry needs to be "prepared for the worst."
"What happened at Fukushima was, yes, a warning to the world," he said.
But even with such preparations, he warned, it is a mistake to ever think of nuclear power as 100 percent safe - no matter what the nuclear industry might claim.
"We have to explain, no matter how small a possibility, what if this [safety] barrier is broken?" he said. "We have to prepare a plan if something happens ... It is easy to say this is almost perfect so we don't have to worry about it. But we have to keep thinking: what if ..."
Thirty-four nuclear reactors—one-third of the U.S. fleet—could face flooding hazards greater than they were designed to withstand if an upstream dam fails, according to the report, which was written by NRC staff members in July of last year. The NRC has known about these risks for at least 15 years and has failed to adequately address them.
Below is a list of eight plants the report identified as some of the most vulnerable to a flood from a dam failure and the nearest metropolitan areas to those plants.
Arkansas Nuclear: Little Rock
Cooper: Kansas City, Lincoln and Omaha
Fort Calhoun: Omaha
Indian Point: Bridgeport, Danbury, New Haven, New York City, Poughkeepsie and Stamford
Oconee: Greenville (S.C.)
South Texas: Houston, San Antonio and Austin
Watts Bar: Knoxville
Several U.S. nuclear power plants, including one in Oconee County, could face major problems, including public exposure, if a nearby dam were to fail, according to a newly released report.
The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility released documents Monday that it had received from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, including a July 2011 report on flooding at power plant sites after upstream dam failures.
NEW DELHI: A bomb blast near India’s biggest nuclear power plant killed six people, police said Wednesday, sparking a probe into whether the explosion was linked to protests against the facility.
The home-made bomb accidentally exploded overnight in a village near Kudankulam power plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, destroying three homes and causing injuries, the district police chief told AFP.
“The bomb exploded accidently inside a house. Six people died and three more are seriously injured,” police superintendant Vijayendra Bidari said.
“Some anti-nuclear activists were living in this village. This house was being used as a bomb-making facility. We are investigating from all angles,” he said.
The Real News Network, Dec. 1, 2013: Dale Klein is now suggesting is that we’re just going to take [Fukushima's radioactive water] and pump it into the Pacific. And I don’t think that’s a very good idea. It’s cheap and it’s fast, it’s the expedient way of doing it, but really there’s something called the London dumping convention. And back in 1972, Greenpeace was very active in preventing radiation from being dumped into the ocean and to my way of thinking, this would violate the London Dumping Convention if they did it.
reply to post by MariaLida
Well it's refreshing to hear something with the ring of truth to it for a change, a little to bad it's to shift focus no matter how deserved.
We as a people either have to invest in way more infastructure for future and existing plants, or abandon them as too soon a tech...but it has been around for some time as well as the needed protections.
This entire industry reminds me of the titanic with only half the needed lifeboats to save cost.
Part of Dungeness nuclear power station has shut down because of an equipment fault. EDF said the Dungeness B reactor 21 shut down because of an issue on a turbine condenser. The energy firm said staff on site at the plant in Kent were working on a repair to return the unit power. National Grid data showed the 550-megawatt reactor stopped sending power to the system and it shut down at 03:50 GMT, EDF said. Dungeness B has two reactors and reactor 22 remains operational. Dungeness A has been decommissioned. Both Dungeness B reactors automatically shut down during the St Jude's Day storm on 28 October, when electricity to the site was cut off. After the storm, the reactors were restarted using the power station's own generators and the plant was later reconnected to the National Grid on 6 November.
reply to post by MariaLida
You do realize that Mr Gunderson is a fraud? His "license" to operate a nuke reactor is limited to a classroom sized zero heat generating test thing that's about the size of a coffeemaker, he worked for TWO years at a desk job for NU, and was a math teacher for the rest of it. His company, Fairewinds, was set up by he and his wife to promote HIS ideas and patent for decommissioning nuke plants and get the money from that project, there's a serious conflict of interest where he's concerned and well, he needs to be taken about as seriously as Miccho is when dealing with this sort of stuff.
That's all gleaned from a 3 minute search, I'm sure there's much more about Gunderson and his little Fairewinds that can be learned given more time..
reply to post by vkey08
As far as Mr. Silver hair goes,, he has been a faith full soldier since day one. Too claim otherwise is absurd.
He also said that yes, there were engenering mistakes,, and yes , fail safe could have been better.
Now you have said "which would you prefer, tons and tons of soot, carbon dioxide and other particulates released into the air every hour by a coal plant, or a Nuclear Plant that for most of their operating lives seem to run pretty clean. Your pick. "
"pretty clean. Your pick. ",, i pick Mr. Gunderson,, at least he is factual.
400 Tons a day,,, the size of a full grown elephant,, or a Mitzubishi Dump Truck,, the Largest in the world,, holds 400 tons,, thats EVERYDAY SINCE,,,, well u can catch up if u want,, and do the math,,,
pretty clean. Your pick.
i know who i pick. u pick.
thats in Japanese as well.