U.S. Nuclear Powered Plants As Flood-Endangered as Japan’s

posted by admin @ 9:21 AM
October 23, 2012

    In addition to my new assignments on China and other Asian nations, and staying on top of things in Japan, Jael asked me to assess the flood-safety of nuclear plants in the U. S.  After seeing Japan’s continual mis-assessments of flood waters and earthquake dangers, I knew it was only a matter of time before American journalists would insist on the truth about similar hazards here.

As in Japan, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is hiding information about encroaching dangers to our nation’s nuclear power plants.  But recently Greenpeace got ahold of, and shared, an unredacted NRC report.  David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer and safety advocate with the Union of Concerned Scientists says of the ‘uncorrected’ version:  “. . . the NRC is lying to the American public about the safety of U.S. reactors.”

Susie Madrak of Crooks and Liars.com agrees:  The uncovered “report highlights the threat that flooding poses to nuclear power plants located near large dams––and suggests that the NRC has misled the public for years about the severity of the threat, according to engineers and nuclear safety advocates.”

In “Leaked Report Suggests Long-Known Flood Threat To Nuclear Plants, Safety Advocates Say,” Tom Zeller, Jr. gives specifics:  “. . . evidence in the report indicates that the NRC has known for a decade. . . that failure of a dam upriver from the Oconee Nuclear Station in South Carolina would cause floodwaters to overwhelm the plant’s three reactors and their cooling equipment––not unlike what befell Japan’s Fukushima Dai-chi facility after an earthquake and tsunami struck.”

Zeller insists:  “According to the NRC’s own calculations, . . . the odds of the dam near the Oconee plant failing at some point over the next 22 years are far higher than were the odds of an earthquake-induced tsunami causing a meltdown at the Fukushima plant.”  He writes further that the exposed report “identifies flood threats from upstream dams at nearly three dozen other nuclear facilities in the United States, including the Fort Calhoun Station in Nebraska, the Prairie Island facility in Minnesota and the Watts Bar plant in Tennessee, among others.”

Even NRC employees question the Commission’s commitment to safety. Larry Criscione, NRC risk engineer, accused the Commission of doublespeak:  “I think they’re being dishonest.”  He speaks of Duke Energy which operates a nuclear plant 11 miles from the Jocassee Dam. Criscione recently wrote Congress:   “There are many people within Duke Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission who believe that, were Jocassee Dam to fail, all three reactors . . . would melt down in less than 10 hours.”

Why would officials allow such lax oversight of nuclear power.  In online Bible lessons, Dr. Reprieslty teaches about God’s requirements for watchmen in Ezekiel chapters 3 and 33.  If they don’t warn people that danger is coming, God holds the watchmen responsible.  In this case, certainly, the journalists are good watchmen, and Mr. Criscione is among the best!

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