[ RadSafe ] Yucca Mountain

Jeff Terry terryj at iit.edu
Thu Jul 3 22:29:51 CDT 2008

Hi James,

I don't see how your response pertains to my question, so I
guess that I will take a shot at answering it myself. I would be very
surprised to learn that at some point in the last 70 years a pool
has suffered a leak due to an accident with a heavy vehicle.

I would expect that weather events such as you describe would
lead to the zero net leaks in spent fuel pools due to accidents
with heavy vehicles.

While Ph.D.s are in short supply, the world certainly
suffers from an overabundance of crackpots.


On Jul 3, 2008, at 7:48 PM, James Salsman wrote:

> Hey Jeff,
> I'm not sure of the total of all the different ways fuel storage
> containment can breach and how often it has been, which is why I've
> asked Dan.
> The problem is that the U238 standard was written before the
> scientists involved knew to care about things other than kidneys,
> which develop a tolerance to uranyl.
> It's only going to get harder for the government to find Ph.D.s who
> are willing to look the other way when it comes to five of the six
> aspects of uranium toxicity in vivo.
> James Salsman
> On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 5:13 PM, Jeff Terry <terryj at iit.edu> wrote:
>> Hi James,
>> What is the current rate of large vehicles crashing into the  
>> storage pools
>> and what do you project the rate  to increase to due to weather  
>> events?
>> Jeff
>> On Jul 3, 2008, at 5:33 PM, James Salsman <BenjB4 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Dan,
>>> Thank you for your question:
>>>> Again, what connection do you bring between
>>>> at-reactor spent fuel storage pools and weather?
>>> Rapid loss of load caused by flooding or forest fire,
>>> leading to cooling needs beyond the scope of the
>>> facility will have people in large vehicles scrambling
>>> around everywhere and that can not be good for
>>> containment.
>>> What is the current rate of U238 seepage from the
>>> storage facilities?
>>> James Salsman
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