[ RadSafe ] Yucca Mountain

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Fri Jul 4 12:59:58 CDT 2008

July 4

         Has a spent fuel storage containment ever been breached at a US 
commercial power reactor?  At any commercial power reactor anywhere else in 
the world?

         If the answer to both of these questions is No, I don't think we 
have much to worry about --- not that our prophet of gloom and doom will 
fold up his tent and silently steal away.

Steven Dapra

At 05:48 PM 7/3/08 -0700, 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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