Thursday, June 30, 2011

US NPPs are able to withstand unpredictable weather conditions?

Raikhlina Sasha

day we will be talking to David Lochbaum, who is one of the nation’s top independent experts on nuclear power. He is also the Director of Nuclear Safety Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Our topic today is the flooding of the nuclear power stations in Nebraska.

What is the latest update from the Fort Calhoun power station?

Flood waters are close to the building, and the plant has been sandbagging and putting berms up to protect important facilities from damage from flood waters. It looks like, as the floor recedes, things will continue to improve.

It still came pretty close, because just looking at some of the numbers right here, I think the water rose up to 1,004 feet, while the facility is designed to withstand floodwater up to 1,014 feet, so that is just 10 feet of “safety buffer”.

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1 comment:

  1. FWIW: Its not necessarily the water level thats the problem. it also the workers. Note that last Sunday, the workers punctured the water Berm protecting the plant.

    Another potential issue is that the Earth/Sand bang berms are compromised either by seepage or by the force of the water pressing against them.

    There is also the danger that one of the dams up river fails causing a surge of water.

    For this plant NOT to have a problem, everything must be perfect going forward. One error or unexpected change will result in disaster. This flood is going to last at least another month before the water recede back into the river.


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