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After adding one more alarming link, I wish to return to Curtis' film A is for Atom, that was discussed here. Inside the 21:00-29:00 time marks it pitches a pivotal moment in the history of nuclear industry. The first commercial GE and Westinghouse reactors were just oversized simplest reactors for submarines with little adaptation. Particularly, containment problems under cooling failure were quickly foreseen. The Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards had warned the Atomic Energy Commission in 1966 that new reactors near NY and Chicago should have improved designs, and their letter should had been published by law. But the AEC chairman Seaborg saw too much trouble for the industry, and vowed to negotiate privately - but pushing for a change in the whole manufacturing system was not a feasible approach for him. The industry bluffed that they would stop selling reactors if forced to deal with containment issues seriously. So basically, there is no prescription for Fukushima reactors now.
by das monde on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 04:23:11 AM EST
america adds 45 million pounds of fuel rods to storage every year, stored in 77 locations.

'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 Mon Apr 4th, 2011 at 03:08:04 AM EST
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