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  •  That is actually going on Arken... (3+ / 0-)
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    Plan9, Arken, RyanR

    a huge upgrade program on a plant-by-plant basis to expand it's generaiton out put has added the equivalent of 4,000 MWs over the last 10 years, that's almost 4 new plants!

    But in terms of making the plants we have now safer: they have done exactly that. That was part of the lessons of TMI...all plants everywhere have been almost rebuilt, especially their controls, to prevent 'human error' mistakes with redundant  transmitters, controls, gauges, etc etc. This is actually what caused me to change my position to a pro-nuclear one: the reaction to Chernobyl and TMI by the "industry" world wide and why there have been no nuclear accidents since.

    David

    •  Not just safer, more efficient. (0+ / 0-)

      I know they're safer now... but they still are using outdated technology.

      •  Yes, you are correct. (2+ / 0-)
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        Arken, lgmcp

        My only "gripe" (within an overall endorsement of the technology) is that it is very hard to reprocess the old fuel pebbles and that all the projects right now use solid fuel uranium. This is a waste. But it is the closest form of GenIV technology around and we can expect the first modules to come online in China in the next 2 or 3 years.

        Dvaid

        •  I still have a problem with the disposal issue. (2+ / 0-)
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          Joy Busey, lgmcp

          As I said above, we are even experiencing problems with disposing of low-level radioactive waste. I want to see a better solution to that before we start generating more.

          •  Do you mean (1+ / 0-)
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            Plan9

            medical waste, from nuclear medicine?  Because that's quite a large part of the "problem" with disposing of low-level radioactive waste.

            Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
            -- George Eliot

            by bryfry on Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 11:03:43 AM PST

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