[ RadSafe ] Melting a reactor??
sjd at swcp.com
Sun Jan 2 20:15:57 CST 2011
This quote is from an editorial page article written by Charles
Faddis and published in the NY Times.
"But there's no way to quickly shut off a reactor: the heat that
builds up inside it is so intense that even if something goes wrong,
cooling water must continue to circulate through its systems for days
before it is safe.
"If the cooling system malfunctions, even if the rest of the plant is
operating safely, the heat will literally melt the reactor and its
concrete containment shell, releasing radioactive gas into the
atmosphere in other words, a partial nuclear meltdown like that at
Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979."
Is it true that reactor heat will melt the containment vessel ("shell")?
The link to the Faddis' NYT article is:
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