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  •  You see it in a lot of places. (9+ / 0-)

    The hotel we stayed in near Novouralsk was miles outside of town but had that as a heat source. Which gave rise to some strange phenomena, such as a shortage of cold running water in the winter and no hot water in the summer. The hot water pipes ran along the ground surface; schoolkids used them as convenient sidewalks in the winer. They were about a meter in diameter with the insulation on them, just about the right height to be at the top of the snow a lot of  the time. At intersections they routed them over the cross streets at a height sufficient to clear trucks. The heat source was not nuclear there. However, at Seversk (north of Tomsk, hence the name) they carried waste heat from the plutonium production reactors. Which explains why they ran them for a few decades after they had all the Pu they needed. One thing we Americans did for Seversk and another place or two was to help fund some coal-fired plants so they could finally shut the nukes- RBMKs of course- down.

    I could go on about other interesting features of Russia, but that was something you don't see in very many other places.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 09:58:45 PM PST

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