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  •  the (over)loading (1+ / 0-)
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    of the spent fuel pools has not been a secret for a long time.  Somebody just wasn't paying attention.

    It's unfortunate but not surprise that "the industry" is resisting large additional investment in end-of-life plant, but the real answer is not "safety retrofits" but removal and replacement of the reactors themselves with new machines that are safe by design.  And those designs do exist, although they are mostly untested because the anti-nuke "movement" is not in fact concerned with safety.  They want to keep "unsafe" in their arsenal of objections to nuclear power in general.

    It doesn't really matter, though, at least in the US and Europe where nuclear is effectively dead.  Somebody here just wrote a diary about the result . . .

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 08:00:54 PM PDT

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      Checkerboarding.

      As someone who lives within the penumbra of the Pilgrim plant in Plymouth, MA, I would like to see them do something about their spent fuel pool which, last I heard, was not under containment.

      It is very expedient to exaggerate the power of the anti-nuclear movement, as you do, when it is actually the failure of the nuclear industry itself to be responsible about their own business.  Yep, it sure seems like Beyond Nuclear and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service are so much more highly capitalized and tied into the power structure than GE, Westinghouse, and Bechtel.

      •  "checkerboarding" and "overloading" (0+ / 0-)

        are the same thing.  Checkerboarding is just how you distribute the load.  It wouldn't make any sense to overload one pool with hot stuff while leaving others cool.

        I'm sure staff at Pilgrim, like at all the other plants overloaded with spent fuel, wish the originally-planned off-site storage and re-processing had been built.  Guess who opposed (and effectively stopped) it.

        Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

        by Deward Hastings on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 09:35:32 PM PDT

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