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  •  It's sad that there's a nuclear power plant with (6+ / 0-)

    some... erhem ...difficulties in an area where there is absolutely no need for nuclear power.

    There already is a rush on wind power globally, but Nebraska hasn't really developed much.

    Compressed air storage is the more likely effective storage method for Nebraska.  G.E. has an interesting storage system in the pipeline.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 06:19:01 AM PDT

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    •  A Level 1 notice of a possible event (0+ / 0-)

      becomes "some... erhem ...difficulties" ?????

      How sicko is that ?

      Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

      by vets74 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 06:56:02 AM PDT

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      •  This does not seem to be the first issue that this (4+ / 0-)

        40 yr. old reactor has had....

        4. Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant, Nebraska – Failure of emergency equipment

        On Feb. 17, 2010, the NRC sent a team to the nuclear plant after the turbine-driven auxiliary feedwater (AFW) pump automatically shut down shortly after operators started the pump during a monthly test.

        The AFW system is an emergency system that remains in standby mode during normal plant operation. However, although the AFW system plays a vital role in an accident, the NRC investigators found that the pump had failed numerous times over many years. The owner had never found the cause of the problem, and therefore had never taken steps to prevent it.

        The NRC identified four violations of its safety regulations.

        NRC targets Fort Calhoun nuclear plant for more oversight

        By Journal Star Staff and News Wires | Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011

        Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, owned by the Omaha Public Power District, is one of three U.S. nuclear power plants that will get increased oversight from regulators because of safety problems and unplanned shutdowns. The primary concern at the station 20 miles north of Omaha appears to be possible flooding.

        And the other 4 decade old nuke plant in Nebraska is not exactly trust-inspiring, either:

        Published Sunday May 1, 2011
        Cooper plant has costly problem

        BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) — A problem with emergency equipment at southeast Nebraska’s Cooper Nuclear Station is adding to the cost of the plant’s refueling shutdown — a cost that could hit power customers’ pocketbooks.

        The cost of the shutdown, originally budgeted at $31 million, has increased by $5 million as a result of the problem.

        The plant at Brownville — which is operated by Nebraska Public Power District, the state’s largest power utility — was taken offline March 13 for a routine refueling operation.

        That the Fort Calhoun nuke plant received a 20 yr. run time extension in 2003, 10 years before its current license had expired!, pretty much says it all about the immense lobbying power of the nuke industry.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 08:12:26 AM PDT

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    •  Wind is too expensive than these (0+ / 0-)

      paid for nuclear the operating costs are very low. The overbuild and natural gas back up would be too expensive at this point. It can incrementally be built up but you don't phase out nuclear until you have the guaranteed, in effect, base load. Which is why natural gas expansion is important to investors in wind energy today.

      Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

      by davidwalters on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 10:51:40 AM PDT

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