Nuclear Power in the U.S.: Commission...

Nuclear Power in the U.S.: Commission finds long blackouts pose risk to US reactors

There are 6 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Mar 29, 2011, titled Nuclear Power in the U.S.: Commission finds long blackouts pose risk to US reactors. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

The cooling tower for the No. 2 reactor, left, lies dormant at the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport as steam still pours out of the other in December 2000.

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yorkie1251

United States

#1 Mar 29, 2011
What the hell is a "Beach Bottom"? What you see in O.C. when the thongs come out? What a professional journalism staff we have in York.
yorkie1251

United States

#2 Mar 29, 2011
I apologize, York journalists. This was a national story from AP. You can blame that on them. You re-run a story from AP on a major issue about a facility in York County, and we can't even have any local input, not even checking the spelling of the name of our nuclear power plant.
What a hatchet job this is. The expert cited worked on the Peach Bottom plant evaluation 21 years ago? You think anything has changed since then? A simulation run in 2009 showed that a total loss of power, AND inability to cool the reactor, would lead to a radioactive release in only one day? How much of a release? Do you realize that these simulations are set up to deliberately override multiple layers of protection to force a release scenario to help the plant prepare for the worst? It doesn't mean that a release is likely or that the scenario is even feasible, in some cases, but it is a preparedness exercise. No where in the article does it state that an alternate feed to the plant was established several years ago from the Conowingo Dam, that runs underwater and is protected from severe weather, terrorism, etc, and that Peach Bottom has 4 diesel backup generators. Turkey Point had only 2 diesels in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew completely destroyed all power to the station, and the 2 diesels safely kept the reactors cooled in shutdown. This is crap journalism and fearmongering. If you are going to publish something, get off your butt and do some research.
Kenny

New Freedom, PA

#3 Mar 29, 2011
Clifford blames blackouts are the reason he wakes up at Club XS with bruises on his "peachy bottom".

Since: Oct 08

York, PA

#4 Mar 30, 2011
The first thing that came to my mind when reading this article was the ice storms that shut down the northeast for weeks a few years back. People where living without power in some cases for months.

And they are spinning this to suggest that 4 or 8 hours of battery time is more than plenty based on the odds that a meltdown could take days to play out and they will be able to evacuate more people! And what about these people's property? What if they can never return? Is FirstEnergy going to compensate everyone that's affected? What if the cows in California are eating post-meltdown radiated grass and the radiation is now affecting millions of people? Is FirstEnergy going to be around to pay for all those that end up with radiation contamination? Of course not, they will file for bankruptcy just as they did during TMI so they can abscond from their responsibilities.

FirstEnergy is not the only culprit here but since they were the only one stupid enough to go on record with their BS they deserve what they get. Sell....Sell...Sell FirstEnergy Stock and take this company down! We don't need another non-responsible corporation amid our country.

Since: Oct 08

York, PA

#5 Mar 30, 2011
And just to continue a bit....everyone's new assumption is a tsunami and an earthquake; but what if for whatever reason the containment building just cracks because of structural issues or being allowed to operate past it's designed lifespan? What if the Susquehanna flash floods due to a dam break and these plants find themselves submerged and unable to be gotten into by workers or what if valves are underwater and covered with debris? The list of possibilities are endless and it will never be the events we thought of that will be the next crisis. They are making a whole lot of assumptions about what will be possible during the next event and they don't know what will be possible and that's the reason that nuclear energy is not safe...until they can make a passive cooling system that has no threat o a breach into the water or air supply these reactors will never be safe and because of their potential for destruction just aren't worth their overpriced cost.
Blazerdude

Reading, PA

#6 Mar 30, 2011
Absurdity wrote:
And just to continue a bit....everyone's new assumption is a tsunami and an earthquake; but what if for whatever reason the containment building just cracks because of structural issues or being allowed to operate past it's designed lifespan? What if the Susquehanna flash floods due to a dam break and these plants find themselves submerged and unable to be gotten into by workers or what if valves are underwater and covered with debris? The list of possibilities are endless and it will never be the events we thought of that will be the next crisis. They are making a whole lot of assumptions about what will be possible during the next event and they don't know what will be possible and that's the reason that nuclear energy is not safe...until they can make a passive cooling system that has no threat o a breach into the water or air supply these reactors will never be safe and because of their potential for destruction just aren't worth their overpriced cost.
You can't have any man made device that is accident proof if yu think otherwise you are just as foolish as the builders of the Titanic. And I also want to point out that it took multiple failures not just one to cause this nuclear disaster in Japan. Where do you think all of the mercury in fish comes from, acid rain, and ozone problems ( its not nuclear plants) its the other major electricity source in the US.

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