[ RadSafe ] Claim that "Nuclear power is too risky" (CNN)

blreider at aol.com blreider at aol.com
Wed Feb 24 20:48:58 CST 2010

Steve, I read Charles Barton's Nuclear Green article and while I agree with going forward with a nuclear power program in the US, I can't imagine that anyone really expects US (or other) nuclear power reactors to take 2 years to build in the near future. 

The Westinghouse AP1000 has been promised in 5 years and is a standardized reactor and containment design,  however each site needs a certain amount of site-specific engineering and therefore it does take time for that, QA of the components, and for the licensing even if the manufacturing goes smoothly.  It has been 3 years since the Chinese ordered their AP1000s, and my guess is that their licensing process is a lot faster than ours in the US.   It will be interesting to see how commitments for 5 year delivery times are met both on the first ones and on the multiple orders expected for the AP1000.


Barbara Reider, CHP

-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com>
To: Roger Helbig <rhelbig at sfo.com>; radsafe at radlab.nl
Sent: Wed, Feb 24, 2010 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Claim that "Nuclear power is too risky" (CNN)

Feb. 24 
  Something about Mark Z. Jacobson. 
  A critique of some of Jacobson's claims about reactors. (Critique lacks source material and was not edited for spelling.) 
  Find more about MZJ by doing a Google search. 
Steven Dapra 
At 04:21 PM 2/24/2010, Roger Helbig wrote: 
>The Know_Nukes group on Yahoo has this recent message about why not nuclear 
>power - expect it is riddled with less than accurate information. Anyone 
>know anything about Mark Z Jacobson - 
>Nuclear power is too risky By Mark Z. Jacobson, Special to CNN 
>February 22, 2010 4:27 p.m. EST 
>Palo Alto, California (CNN) -- If our nation wants to reduce global warming, 
>air pollution and energy instability, we should invest only in the best 
>energy options. Nuclear energy isn't one of them. 
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