Jaczko’s concerns with Bellefonte are based on incorrect information, like many of his opinions. His motives have continued to override what scientific information is actually presented. Despite TVA’s nuclear construction sagas over the decades and the NRC’s constant political reshapings to try to fit the needs of it, the base regulations and nuclear codes hold the nuclear standards at levels far beyond what any other industry can even compare to in every aspect. The most dangerous part of a US nuclear plant is…the parking lot.
Limric, very interesting posts. Do you write articles for anyone?
I understand some of the basis for the Occupy movements, but it seems like they are directing this effort to the wrong place. Laws and regulations are written in the blood of previous mistakes. Why would you protest organizations that haven't broken any laws or if they have, aren't being held accountable by the government? Why not protest to have laws or regulations created (or enforced) to stop this manipulation of the system? Isn't this the purpose of government?
So if it's in a cartoon form, you can say anything huh? Why stop there Bennett? Go for gold! Now that you don't have to worry those silly things called facts, you can really twist people you don't like into anything.
These wars have greatly stunted the ambitions and goals of people dangerous to everything that freedom and liberty stand for. It's amazing to see on 9/11/11 how many people remembered what this was about and just a month later, spit on those same things.
The nuclear industry comes under more intense scrutiny than any other industry and has the smallest allowance for mistakes. The inspection, testing, and safety standards/regulations within the nuclear field make other energy providers look like primitives rubbing sticks together. Mistakes at a most industrial sites that only get you yelled at, would cause an employee to be blacklisted from all nuclear sites. The most dangerous part of a nuclear plant is the parking lot.
"Nuclear reactors emit radiation. Radiation causes cancer. It causes childhood leukemia. It can cause genetic defects," she said. "I don't want the grandchildren of the world to be genetically modified. I just want a healthy, clean world for them to live in. And that's why I'm carrying a sign that says 'Go green!'"
I'm sure someone had to help her tie her Velcro shoes and the spelling on her sign. Moron. You receive more radiation from the smoke detectors in your house than you do standing at the fence of a nuclear power plant.
As a person that actually works in nuclear power and understands the NRC regulations, I can tell you they are not lowering the bar for the safety of the plants. All repairs must return the equipment to the original design requirements as a minimum. The only lowering of standards has been with adminisration. In fact, regulations are increasing at such a rate it may become too expensive for utilities to operate a plant and satisfy all the requirements.
The AP article simply made me laugh. The reporter obviously has next to no understanding of the basics of nuclear power. Technology has advanded so much that the plants can find, monitor, and predict growth in defects of materials in ways other industries have never dreamed about. The reality is, nuclear plants report more problems because they find them the best and keep such a close eye on them. They invest in these technologies and development because they know, it only takes one plant in the U.S. to have a serious accident to end all nuclear power.