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France Wants EU Nuclear Checks to Exclude Plane Crashes, Terrorist Attacks - Bloomberg
"If they are included then this can't be called `lessons learned from Japan,'" Andre-Claude Lacoste, head of the Autorite de Surete Nucleaire, said today in an interview after a briefing in Paris. "I will do what I can to keep risks from planes and terrorism out of the audits."
Really, WTF!?

So call the exercise something else.

The lesson learned from Japan is not that nukes are vulnerable to tsunamis, but that active cooling is a huge vulnerability.

So, let's see... If saboteurs cur external power and disable the water pumps and emergency generators, it's not the same failure mode as Fukushima?

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 04:59:51 AM EST
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Before we consider other predictable threats, we'll wait until they happen. That works.

However, if we are foolish enough to be on record arguing against the consideration of the case that occurred, we may not get away with saying

Who Could Have Predicted?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 05:16:59 AM EST
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the other lesson they might learn is that storing the semi-spent rods right next to the fusion reactor is a bad move.

natch the alternatives of shipping them crosscountry to some central repository, or having lots of local mini-dumps aren't too groovy either.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 07:39:07 AM EST
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Migeru:

So, let's see... If saboteurs cur external power and disable the water pumps and emergency generators, it's not the same failure mode as Fukushima?

Or if a suicide-crow flies into a switchgear. Like what apparently happened at Forsmark in 2007. Oh, and recent leaks have shown that security analysis after the incident showed risk at a level of one meltdown per 52 reactor-years, instead of the supposed one per 10 000.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 07:59:05 AM EST
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Ah so as we're having four here, we'll be safe for another 200 years obviously.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 08:05:56 AM EST
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