Jim Goodrick (29
"Are American nuclear
plants safe ?"
John and Doves,
Ever since March 10, 2011 ( Japan time ) when Japan suffered its
nuclear disaster, the US has been keeping a
closer watch on our nuclear plants. As you can see from the
information below, we DO have vulnerabilities. And this is just for the
month of April.
When a tornado strikes a town, the electricity is knocked out,
and the nuclear plant shuts down. And because the reactors need a
constant supply of energy to cool down the core, generators are then
turned on, which are run by diesel fuel. That is what happened on April
18th ( Virginia ) and April 28th ( Alabama).
There is something else to consider. Many nuclear plants are built
close to the ocean because the developers
erroneously thought that there would be an enormous supply of water
from the ocean to keep the core cool in times of emergency. Wrong.
Reactor cores can only be cooled by FRESH water. Salt water further
corrodes the rods and compounds the problem, as Japan sadly found out.
Unfortunately, because developers wanted their nuclear plants near the
ocean, they built them along the Pacific Rim... the path of
volatile earthquakes. They figured their nuclear plants could withstand
up to a 5.0 earthquake. They did not foresee earthquakes increasing
each year in intensity like the 9.0 quake in Japan .
So all these dots connected add up to a picture of vulnerability for
our own nuclear reactors here in America.
Let's hope and pray that God's mercy will be upon us.
O Lord...in wrath remember mercy." Habakkuk 3: 2
3 Midwest nuclear plants under scrutiny --- April 2, 2011
Nuclear Regulatory Commission increased oversight of the three U.S.
nuclear power plants, in Kansas, Nebraska and South Carolina, as part
of a regular safety review. Bloomberg.com
But Jaczko said Wolf Creek and two others need a higher level of review
because of continuing problems with safety systems and
unplanned shutdowns. Kansascity.com
Nebraska had a nuke accident --- April 3, 2011
"The three workers wrongly removed a radioactive tube
through the bottom of a reactor vessel, rather than through the top.
That set off the radiation alarm, prompting the workers to put down the
tube and leave the area."
Virginia : 2 nuclear reactors were shutdown
during tornado -- April 18, 2011
The US nuclear safety regulator
said on Mondayit was monitoring the Surry nuclear power plant in Virginia.
Dominion Virginia Power said the two reactors shut down automatically
when a tornado cut off power to the plant.
A backup diesel generator kicked in to cool the fuel. The regulator
said no radiation was released and staff were working to restore
electricity to the plant.
Alabama: 3 nuclear reactors shut down as tornado hits
-- April 28, 2011