[ RadSafe ] Fwd: [New post] Danger of nuclear fuel storage at Columbia Generating Station
rwhelbig at gmail.com
Sat Nov 22 03:27:22 CST 2014
when is some going to make people that are not anti-nuclear
campaigners, a well paying occupation, realize that Robert Alvarez
knows pretty much nothing about spent nuclear fuel. He is just a
slightly better educated and "credentialed" Arnold Gundersen.
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Christina MacPherson posted: "Groups says fuel storage poses risk at
the Northwest's lone commercial nuclear plant Oregon Live By Ted
Sickinger| tsickinger at oregonian.com Email the author | Follow on
Twitter November 20, 2014 The growing stockpile of spent nuclear
fuel at the North"
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Danger of nuclear fuel storage at Columbia Generating Station
by Christina MacPherson
Groups says fuel storage poses risk at the Northwest's lone commercial
nuclear plant Oregon Live By Ted Sickinger| tsickinger at oregonian.com
Email the author | Follow on Twitter November 20, 2014 The growing
stockpile of spent nuclear fuel at the Northwest's lone commercial
nuclear plant poses a safety risk to the public in the event of an
earthquake, according to a study sponsored by anti-nuclear groups.
The study of spent fuel storage at the Columbia Generating Station is
the latest of several commissioned by the Physicians for Social
Responsibility and Heart of America Northwest. They collectively
suggest that the plant is an expensive and dangerous way for the
Northwest to generate electricity, and that it ought to be closed.
The study was authored by nuclear critic Robert Alvarez, senior
scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies. Officials at Energy
Northwest, the utility consortium that operates the plant, say it is
riddled with hyperbole, data errors and fear mongering. They also
suggest its backers are extrapolating earthquake risks from recent
seismic data that doesn't apply to the plant site.
The 1,200 megawatt boiling-water reactor is located on the Hanford
nuclear reservation near Richland, Wash. It opened in 1984 and has
since generated some 368,000 spent fuel rods in 4,588 assemblies.
In the absence of a national repository, about 60 percent of that
waste has been transferred to durable, dry-cask storage, a safety
measure that Alvarez applauds. But the remaining 40 percent remains in
the reactor's spent fuel pool, a 350,000-gallon tank located at the
top of the reactor building, six stories above
Christina MacPherson | November 22, 2014 at 9:05 am | Categories:
safety, USA | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-imo
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