[ RadSafe ] What's Killing The Nuclear Industry?
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Mon May 13 13:03:59 CDT 2013
What you write is probably quite correct.
The track record of nuclear power in the USA is quite good. TMI was
not good. Fuel uncovered and one
reactor was lost. No major releases. No loss of farmland, no high doses
to population etc.
Chernobyl....Operator error. Plant severely breached. Loss of life.
Local or more farmland not
usable. Much of local population had to be moved out of the area.
Original containment of reactor not very
Fukushima. Reactors probably OK in fundamental design. Bad design
to put reactors close to shoreline in pretty severe earthquake country. We
shouldn't do this again. Bad backup of electrical power systems.
No tsunami stormwall. Ouch.
Other power reactor accidents not large compared to the preceding.
Currently EPA regulations making it not very viable to build new
reactors in the USA. Relatively cheap coal, oil, gasoline, natural gas,
methane,etc. also make it difficult to build new nuclear plants.
So, what now??? Current USA reactors will operate for next 20-40
years. Will new ones be built during that time span??? Will Fusion ever come
on line??? We've been waiting on Fusion for 50+ Years now....Ouch.
Reactor spent fuel, if reprocessed, could significantly add to Human ability to
make power/energy for 100's of years. Coal and methane may be around for
100's of years. I don't see much of an energy crisis.
High school kids/university kids/grad students could probably be
coaxed to build robotic systems to reprocess spent fuel. Heck, there could be
student assistantships for grad students to sit at a robotic reprocessing
station for 15 hours a week (with low dose rate, as designed)...we'll see.
What's going on with modular reactors???
Regards, Joe Preisig
In a message dated 5/13/2013 1:43:11 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
doctorbill34 at gmail.com writes:
As a supporter of nuclear power, who retired after working 26 years at a
nuclear power plant, it is frustrating to read the many postings and
arguments regarding LNT, hormesis, mutated tomatoes at Fukushima, the
dangers of coal, etc. You don't get it!
The future of nuclear power will NOT be decided by whether low level
radiation exposure is good or bad, whether the media is biased, whether our
government is controlled by antinukes, or whether other ways of producing
electricity are just as hazardous.
There is only one question that the public cares about: Can the nuclear
industry be trusted to manage the technology?
I dare anyone to answer, "Yes," to that.
Going forward, discussions should focus on what we can do to change this
situation. The burden of proof is on us.
It's not about dose, it's about trust.
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