That killing of the dolphins...it's ƒükking reprehensible on every level. People that work with them will tell you they are as bright as people.
Perhaps even smarter, they certainly don't build nuclear facilities and pretend they are safe.
but it fits this shït like a spandex toilet.
Quote: If the spent rods start to burn, huge amounts of radioactive material would be released into the atmosphere and would disperse across the Northern Hemisphere.
Unlike the reactors, spent fuel pools are notâ€”repeat notâ€”housed in any sort of hardened or sealed containment structures. Rather, the fuel rods are packed tightly together in pools of water that are often several stories above ground.
â€œWith damaged [fuel rod] pools, we are talking about things that were never considered a credible threat,â€ said Alvarez.
Aileen Mioko Smith, director of Green Action Kyoto, met Fukushima plant and government officials in August 2010. â€œAt the plant they seemed to dismiss our concerns about spent fuel pools,â€ said Mioko Smith. â€œAt the prefecture, they were very worried but had no plan for how to deal with it.â€
Remarkably, that is the normâ€”both in Japan and in the United States. Spent fuel pools at Fukushima are not equipped with backup water-circulation systems or backup generators for the water-circulation system they do have.
The exact same design flaw is in place at Vermont Yankee, a nuclear plant of the same GE design as the Fukushima reactors. At Fukushima each reactor has between 60 and 83 tons of spent fuel rods stored next to them. Vermont Yankee has a staggering 690 tons of spent fuel rods on site.
Nuclear safety activists in the United States have long known of these problems and have sought repeatedly to have them addressed. At least get backup generators for the pools, they implored. But at every turn the industry has pushed back, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has consistently ruled in favor of plant owners over local communities.
After 9/11 the issue of spent fuel rods again had momentary traction. Numerous citizen groups petitioned and pressured the NRC for enhanced protections of the pools. But the NRC deemed â€œthe possibility of a terrorist attack...speculative and simply too far removed from the natural or expected consequences of agency action.â€ So nothing was doneâ€”not even the provision of backup water-circulation systems or emergency power-generation systems.
Quote:the Japanese are cats in the nuclear litterbox right now covering up their radioactive butt slugs
(03-17-2011, 02:31 PM)Accidental Stoner Wrote: Well...one thing is certain:
If this ends somehow, with the "international community" still intact,
guess which country will be high on the list for location of new plants...
A place with big land, few people, political stability, good infrastructure and a VERY stable seismology...
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