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    structures. Although they're sometimes described as the "fourth layer of defense", they're really engineered to keep weather out, not radioactives in. That's the job of the reactor vessel, the containment vessel surrounding the reactor, and the heat exchangers.

    However, the incredible clusterfck that began with putting backup generators exactly where a tsunami would flood them demonstrates that the systems engineering necessary to build safe (and commercially-viable) nuke plants is even beyond the grasp of the nation that first championed "Total Quality Management".

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:52:02 PM PST

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