Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Current Situation: An analogy (UPDATED on May 22nd, 2011 and May 30, 2011)

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Current Situation: An analogy (UPDATED  May 30, 2011). Advertisements

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NRC Report on AP1000 Nuclear Design Not Out Until Next Week – why should this one matter so much?

. In my last post (about NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s May 20th announcement about finding additional issues with the AP1000 ), I linked to Cassandra Sweet’s article in the WSJ, in which she wrote that “The NRC plans an inspection … Continue reading

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AP1000 – the NRC asks that it be proved “to its satisfaction” that Westinghouse & Toshiba have “. . . completely documented the adequacy of the design.”

(postcript added June 13, 2011; original post May 22, 2011)  By now it is all over the news — if you know where to look.  In a statement giving a different picture than those implied by his statements of just … Continue reading

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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Current Situation: An analogy (UPDATED on May 22nd, May 30, June 21, July 3rd, August 4th, September 22nd, and October 17th, 2011)

UPDATED most recently on October 17th; previously updated on May 30th, May 22nd, June 21st , July 3rd, August 4th, and September 22nd   — see notes I’ve addended to end of Wednesday’s post. Here’s an analogy:  you’ve been wounded, are bleeding profusely, … Continue reading

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UPDATE — Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant: the unthinkable has occurred, and the problems are intractable

On May 5th, we heard that TEPCO had developed a plan to achieve cold shutdown of Reactor No. 1 at Fukushima Daiichi, and was about to begin it.  Workers were scheduled to enter the reactor building.  Tragically, that plan has … Continue reading

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Why you might want to take NRC approvals with a grain of salt

Why you might want to take NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) approvals with a grain of salt  I’m posting a link here to a news article reporting how the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) removed an NRC reviewer from his review responsibilities when … Continue reading

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AP1000 New Nuclear Power Plant Design — making the NRC accountable for doing its job in regulating new reactor designs

AP1000 New Nuclear Power Plant Design — making the NRC accountable for doing its job in regulating new reactor designs.

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