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  •  not all handwaving (1+ / 0-)
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    the newer designs are safer, and the ones in Japan are old, and designed for the geological situation they thought they had.
    Remember, they were designed and built more than 40 years ago, and a lot of geologic theory is newer than that, like plate tectonics (just starting to be taken seriously about then) and subduction zones.

    Be glad only a small part of the US can have earthquakes like that, and that most of our nuclear power plants are in areas that are safer.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 08:03:29 PM PDT

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    •  Gen IV designs are totally irrelevant to this (2+ / 0-)
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      esquimaux, radmul

      It's not a gas cooled or molten salt reactor that is on the verge of breaching containment in Japan.

    •  Safer still isn't safe enough. (1+ / 0-)
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      This design has errors which should have been obvious at the time: lack of containment of spent fuel rods, active cooling, active control rods, etc.

      I can't trust an industry which has a consistent record of making blatant and obvious design errors.  Perhaps the new design flaws are more subtle.  It seems that any minor design flaw renders a nuclear reactor extremely dangerous in all manner of emergencies.

      Let's use technology which is more robust than that.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 11:17:20 PM PDT

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