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  •  Thanks, David. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'll stay tuned for any reply you get.

    Back in the day (which was half a lifetime ago), spent fuel pools were not an issue of any consideration or concern at all. I don't even know if TMI-2 had one, since it was brand new. I never saw it, and I was working in one of those outbuildings. 30+ years later, they are most definitely an issue. NRC decided that yes, they're dangerous in certain events, but it would cost too much to do anything about it so nothing was done. And that was AFTER 9-11, when we were told our nukes were entirely safe from terrorists in hijacked jetliners because of our so-sturdy domes.

    Now we know that more than 30 of our nukes don't have sturdy domes at all, but laughable Home Depot style quickie buildings that blow up rather spectacularly in certain types of events that don't involve hijacked airliners. PWR spent fuel pools are no sturdier, also subject to being opened to the atmosphere by stealth and might (and entirely foreseeable 'accidents').

    Something really must be done about this. But as always, if the industry complains that it'll cost too much, nothing the NRC "advises" will be done.

    Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

    by Joieau on Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 11:28:49 AM PDT

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    •  Joieau...do you have a listing of the study (1+ / 0-)
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      conducted on them? I've never seen it. I thought they all passed with flying colors? No?

      David

      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 Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 12:09:18 PM PDT

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      •  Will go look, right now (0+ / 0-)

        because I didn't archive it. BRB...

        Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

        by Joieau on Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 03:55:05 PM PDT

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      •  Okay, here y'go. (0+ / 0-)

        I had Generic Issues bookmarked, but what I was really looking for was the Beyond Design Basis analysis. Just an exercise, since nobody paid any attention and the conclusion was it cost too much to deal with. Just as the industry wanted, of course.

        Things nuclear have always been thus. So of the list of Kemeny and Rogovin recommendations after TMI-2, most were never heeded. Most they did was install drive mechanisms on those "gravity feed" control rods because gravity doesn't always work as you want it to. The strongest recommendation - that any new plants NOT be sited anywhere within a hundred miles of population centers - is still being ignored with impunity to this very day.

        Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

        by Joieau on Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 04:11:36 PM PDT

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    •  What I got was only this short note: (0+ / 0-)
      "About one third of the core gets pulled and replaced during an outage.  At Ft. Calhoun I am told the fuel outage is over and that they are waiting to re-start once the flood levels recede."

      which suggests it is not even in water right now.

      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 Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 12:44:22 PM PDT

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      •  But in the reactor, n'est ce pas? (0+ / 0-)

        And if the entire core isn't in the spent fuel pool, then there's certainly water in the reactor where the new and older fuel is. So it's just the third that was replaced that's in the fuel pool. That's good to know...

        Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

        by Joieau on Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 03:56:48 PM PDT

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