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01:49 PM on 03/19/2011
The campaign to paint all alternatives as worse needs to end.

That basis for judgement when every attempt to scientifically measure or quantify nuclears actual effects on humanity have failed (all have disclaimers about limitations of many kinds)... we just don't know.

We know it's bad for all if you're close, bad for some even very far away.
We also know it's avoidable, and unnecessary with a little effort.
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10:08 PM on 04/27/2011
It is what it is. Alternatives have their issues, good and bad. Nuclear has issues, good and bad. You have to take the good with the bad.

Change can happen only if we recognize the bad, and learn from it.
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01:45 PM on 03/19/2011
Correction to Calvert is located no where near Annapolis. It is more than an hour away in Calvert County.
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01:43 PM on 03/19/2011
Well, they should never have built Diablo Canyon in the first place. I mean, the name alone should have made them stop. What were they thinking? : ). Anyway, there was known fault nearby when they built Diablo and they've discovered another one offshore since. I hope all the tragedy in Japan makes us real careful about what and where we build.
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04:03 PM on 03/19/2011
too late...
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10:09 PM on 04/27/2011
you enjoyed the benefits of Diablo Canyon all these years. If it retires without a peep you still will find some axe to grind about it, even when there is no fuel there. There is no bogeyman waiting there. That place is not Fukushima.
01:23 PM on 03/19/2011
The first thing : the scale you are asking people to vote on regarding these near misses. "Not a big deal" seems a fairly flippant choice of words concerning something as potentially dangerous as a nuclear incident. That said I'm reading about thorium reactors as a best choice response to our need for energy dilemma. On paper it certainly does seem like a better choice.I must admit I didn't know (and probably still don't) know too much about it. So i "googled" it. Sure enough if you just look at the first few choices you will find responses that indeed seem to point in that direction. However i would like to point you to an article here: (the article is by David Cohen called new free lunch) What I gather from what I read is that we should be not so quick to jump to this conclusion. Indeed the possibilities on paper do look safer than our current state of affairs however even India which is the furthest along in exploring the possibilities is still decades away from knowing if it is truly feasible. If we invest all of our money in that possible solution than we short change others. In short there is no such thing as a free lunch. We need to look at all possibilities. Complex stuff let's keep up a civil dialog for all of our sakes.
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02:37 PM on 03/19/2011
I read some of that... I think the work done at ORNL proves it can be done now, especially since "we" now have better alloys to work with. I believe in the conspiracy theories only as far as the truth can be seen ... Greed , greed, greed (and that the molten salt reactor is a destroyer of the whole LWR game).
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10:12 PM on 04/27/2011
Life is about grading the risks. People cant avoid risk. Even the Black Swan will occur as it has in Fukushima, but that isnt cause to kill all black swans.

I am glad you are learning about LFTRs. Now Google IFR. That was a sad story, and prophetic, because both waste and safety issues are solved with that technology.

Learning about nuclear technology helps dispel irrational fear. Its ok to have fear, its human nature. However we must not let fear be our master.
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01:23 PM on 03/19/2011
Incomplete list.
Folks who live by these behemoths have a very different perspective. One of the best kept secrets is how the plants vent some radioactive steam at night. Granted, only when they need to and not daily, but the communities hear about it after the fact. Add those nights up times 20-35 years and you have every right to be concerned.
Clean safe energy? Nope, try insidious energy.
08:08 PM on 03/19/2011
actually, the difference in environmental radiation a mile from your average nuclear power plant is LOWER than that near your average fossil burning power plant.
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10:13 PM on 04/27/2011
Ding ding. That is the most factual comment posted here. If only people knew that.
01:18 PM on 03/19/2011
pump storage plants like Taum Sauk (Missouri) could be an alternative that seems to be overlooked in most conversations about sustainable energy...taum sauk opened in 1963 and operated flawlessly for many years. water from a mountaintop storage, gravity takes care of the flow through the turbine station... part of the energy used to pump the water back to the top...
no radiation, no burning of coal or NG....No dams on rivers...
This plant suffered a catastrophic accident when a switch that was meant to open gates that controlled the water level failed...but for more than 40 years this plant operated remotely without any of the problems we associate with other sources...
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watashi ha tororu ga oroka da to omoi masu。
01:09 PM on 03/19/2011
It's interesting to hear about things like this, but I have a question with the link on the Front Page. The map pictured there isn't here with the article, and I would like to know what the map denotes. My guess is earthquake potential, but between it and the misleading headline, it makes it seem much scarier than the article reads.
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12:51 PM on 03/19/2011
Not surprised the Surry, Virginia plant is listed. Dominion Power is notorious for cutting corners and costs. Safety comes second to profits.
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Heck no, I'm not crazy. Why? Do I look crazy?
12:35 PM on 03/19/2011
"13 Most Problematic U.S. Nuclear Plants"

Only 13? No way. Every nuclear plant is problematic. Simply by existing, nuclear plants are a problem. We sealed our fate the day we let that genie out of the bottle. Everything humans make will eventually break. No matter how well we think wer built them, every containment structure in every nuclear plant in the world will eventually fail. 

The biggest problem is that we humans aren't tenth of a fraction as smart as we think we are. Clever? Perhaps. Intelligent? Not really.
12:28 PM on 03/19/2011
Wow, thanks Huffington Post for adding to the hype and hysteria of nuclear power. Let's go 100% coal and what that does for us.
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12:15 PM on 03/19/2011

How close is your home to a nuclear power plant?
If a crisis at a nuclear reactor happened in the U.S., could you be living in a danger zone? In a 10-mile radius, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the air could be unsafe to breathe in the event of a major catastrophe. In 50 miles, food and water supplies may be unsafe
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12:12 PM on 03/19/2011
Diablo Canyon nuclear plant 'near miss' in report

For 18 months, operators at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo didn't realize that a system to pump water into one of their reactors during an emergency wasn't working.

It had been accidentally disabled by the plant's own engineers, according to a report issued Thursday on the safety of nuclear reactors in the United States.
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12:09 PM on 03/19/2011
san onofre is safe? great, now I can sleep easy until "the big one" comes
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10:14 PM on 04/27/2011
I lived near SONGs for many years. I helped build it. Its as safe as any nuclear plant can be. The 30 ft sea wall, the hardened fuel buildings, the diesel generator tanks underground, these are things a Fukushima wont get.
12:04 PM on 03/19/2011
Everyone should go right now to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and do a search on power plants near you. You will be shocked as you see perhaps hundreds of "incidents" listed for each facility. Each listed event includes many other violations/incidents within that one. The nuclear facilities in the US are in despicable shape, and whenever there is a profit margin attached, then there are far too often cut-backs on safety and oversight. Check it now; search by "plant" where it lists each state. If you click into each event/violation, you will see a narrative that discusses multiple safety violations within the text. We need to force much more oversight on existing plants and at minimum, a moratorium on new plants in the US. Link follows:
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12:25 PM on 03/19/2011
Just the frequency of incidents and the level of commitment to solving such system errors is troubling. It shows an active disdain for safety standards set by the regulators despite such standards being watered down over the years. I am not sure simply increasing oversight will address systemic failures.
09:31 PM on 03/19/2011
Actually, I agree with you. Good point.
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10:18 PM on 04/27/2011
These LERs range from simple "compliance violations" to more serious nature. For an example, everytime you fly and they change planes at the gate for you, that is an LER for air travel. But no one gets it in the paper. Some LERs are meant to just prop up a safety culture and find improvements. UCS and antinukes like to lob grenades from the balcony and say all LERs are equal which they are not.

At least you are reading and educating yourself. Now with your knowledge of LERs maybe you can adopt a filter, for a "graded approach" to really divine what is important to safety, but what is just regulatory posture. Lochbaum and the UCS still do not have a filter. They are like that rookie air traffic controller, seeing 2 blips over lap, when each plane is 5000 ft a part on the z-axis.

Perspective is important.