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  •  My understanding is that a fire in the spent (2+ / 0-)
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    fuel cooling ponds is a much greater risk than meltdown of the nuclear reactor core.

    Typically, spent fuel cooling ponds accumulate all the used fuel fuel since the reactors started.  In the US, this is because there is no approved of final repositories.

    A typical spent fuel pond can contain up to 20 to 50 curries of Cesium 137.  By comparison, the Chernobyl accident released "only" 6 million curies, which was about 40% of the core.

     

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    by HoundDog on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 10:10:13 PM PDT

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