[ RadSafe ] Forwarded to the list: Indian Point License extension.

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Fri Dec 30 11:02:43 CST 2011

Dec. 30

         "every possibility"?

         Given the limitless imaginations and the lurid fantasies of 
the anti-nukers I suspect this could become an exquisitely long list.

         Have you examined all the possibilities of the dangers that 
go along with driving your car?  Elephant gets loose from the circus, 
wanders across the road while you're rushing to the reactor in an 
emergency response.  You broadside the elephant, killing it; and a 
band of crazed PETA members wielding pitchforks and staves descends 
on you. . . .

Steven Dapra

At 10:19 AM 12/30/2011, you wrote:
>It's what you don't think about that gets you.  While Indian Point won't
>have a 130 m  (I'm trying to go metric.) tsunami, I'm not confident that
>there's some other unanalyzed accident sequence that will cause major
>problems.  The power reactor major incidents and near misses, e.g., Browns
>Ferry fire, TMI, Davis Besse vessel failure, etc.) were all unanticipated.
>How can we be sure that we've looked at every possibility?  A major release
>from IP would be a disaster for millions of people.  I agree, it's not
>Bill Lipton
>It's not about dose, it's about trust.
>On Thu, Sep 30, 2004 at 10:40 PM, Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com> wrote:
> > Dec. 30
> >
> >        I realize it's not funny.  It seemed to me you were invoking the
> > China syndrome in jest, and I responded in kind.
> >
> >        A 400 foot tsunami does not fall within the realm of "opinion."  A
> > claim like this bespeaks someone who is utterly out of touch with the
> > rational world.
> >
> > Steven Dapra
> >
> >
> >
> > At 10:52 PM 12/29/2011, you wrote:
> >
> >> Steven et al,
> >> It's really not funny. I think the majority of the public actually
> >> believe the
> >> horror scenario of a "China syndrome" is actually possible.
> >> Unfortunately, so do
> >> many Washington bureaucrats. Some other "possibilities" that have actually
> >> received serious consideration in siting studies include, falling
> >> airplanes,
> >> meteor impact, and people actually spending their entire life living at
> >> the site
> >> boundry at the center of any and all downwind release trajectories. My
> >> favorite
> >> occured at the siting hearings for the San Onofre Power Plant. According
> >> to one
> >> witness, his seismic analysis indicated that the plant could  be hit by a
> >> 400
> >> foot high Tsunami. Such an occurence would make the Fukushima event seem
> >> trivial
> >> in comparison. Of course, in such an event, everyone living between Los
> >> Angelas
> >> and the Mexican border would likely drown to death, buy the really serious
> >> consequence might be the release of some I-131, deadly Plutonium, and
> >> maybe even
> >> the terrible Depleted Uranium. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, no
> >> matter
> >> how absurd, but what law says that it must be taken seriously.


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