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Could A Fukushima-Type Nuclear Accident Happen in U.S.?

posted by admin @ 14:54 PM
March 17, 2014

the_daily_sheeple_fukushima    In this third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, several scientists strongly suggest that, the United States must increase inspection protocols, maintenance, and safety regulations of this country’s nuclear energy plants.

In his strongly worded blog, ‘US Nuclear Safety Regulators Continue to Ignore Lessons of Fukushima for Severe Accident Hydrogen Explosion Risk at US Reactors,’ Christopher Paine excoriates commercial competition over safety:

“The aging fleet of U.S. reactors, which will increasingly operate beyond their initial 40-year term license terms, is now facing severe competitive pressures in wholesale competitive power markets, setting up difficult tradeoffs between low-carbon electricity supply, continued commercial viability, and the new investment required to sustain public safety.

“Many of the oldest nuclear units are General Electric Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs), with undersized Mark 1 and Mark II primary containments that  the NRC has known for decades are especially vulnerable to hydrogen leaks [as in Fukushima] under the pressure conditions expected to occur in severe accidents.”

Elizabeth Heyd, and Jay Branegan of The Natural Resources Defense Council also headlined last week ‘NRDC: U.S. Nuclear Regulators Still Not Doing Enough to Prevent Fukushima-like Hydrogen Explosions’:

“. . . the Government Accountability Office issued a report on how nuclear regulators in the U.S. and 15 other countries are responding to the lessons learned.
The GAO found that while all the countries have taken steps to improve nuclear safety systems, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not yet decided how or whether to require upgrades to nuclear plants’ automated systems for transmitting critical data to the NRC.

“By delaying its decision on upgrades to enable the system to function under emergency conditions, the system may not function when needed most—during a severe accident,” the GAO said. NRDC claimed the same in its earlier report.

Roxanne Palmer of International Business Times quotes nuclear engineer David Lochbaum, co-author’s of the David-LochbaumUnion of Concerned Scientists new book on the Fukushima disaster that Japan’s safety precautions are the same as in the U.S.:

“One of the most likely scenarios that could cause a meltdown is a flood. Nuclear reactors require a lot of water to carry away their waste heat, so they’re generally built next to oceans, lakes or rivers.

“Plants near lakes and rivers are often located downstream of a dam. In that case, if a dam bursts, the plant could be flooded and lose power, similarly to what happened at the Fukushima plant when the tsunami hit.  In 2009, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff identified about 35 reactors in the U.S. (out of the 100 currently operating) that were vulnerable to dam failures, . . .”

Since I assigned my assistants in the U.S. to research safety issues in nuclear plants, I have not gotten over our last blog revealing that plants deliberately release nuclear waste into ocean waters. This means they are poisoning fish Americans eat.    Now we find these obnoxious mechanisms can explode from dams collapsing!  Whose idea was it to place such dangerous systems near essential water supplies?

This is too much!  Heaven help us! That is our only hope. As many verses on Christian clothing wholesale undoubtedly prove: “It is of The LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not (Lamentations 3: 22).”

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