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  •  When nuke plants go rabid, there's no way (8+ / 0-)

    to put the beast down. Amazing that as the plants get older, the more lax the regulation and oversight, the more safety requirements get skipped and ignored.

    It really is all about the money and the weapon-making materials.

    At least there's been a re-thinking of the earthquake-resistance standards since the new thinking about how earthquakes, and their magnitude, occurs.

    What?

    We're just now testing for the first time ever what happens to steel container embrittlement after 50, 60 years and more of exposure to massive radiation. As I understand it, there's no way for either human or machine to actually test the current strength/fragility of a container, as anything which would approach close enough do so would die or fry before you could get a sample. Maybe I'm wrong on that.


    Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

    by Jim P on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 12:48:37 PM PST

    •  Was talking about this (4+ / 0-)

      with my grandson (who is 23 and quite bright) as I was gathering links and researching. He said - astutely - that the whole relicensing thing is a total no-brainer. These plants are at the tail end of their design lifetimes, and they HAVE design lifetimes for good reasons. If some utility wants another go-round, let 'em use the same facilities on the same "national sacrifice" land lot, just make them remove all the old stuff - ALL of it, including piping, and properly dispose of it - then replace every single component.

      But that would cost them too much money, of course, and money's the name of the game now that these cash cows are paid for. So they're being licensed to keep on going until they literally can't be sustained anymore [see: San Onofre].

      We've nearly a hundred of these suckers running, more than 20 of them are of the very same bad design as Fukushima Daiichi's. Anybody want to hazard a guess as to how bad each of their "can't keep going anymore" incidents is gonna be?

      Oy.

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