Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:06 PM
bananas (24,374 posts)
Cracks found at nuclear power plant north of Columbia
Source: The State
COLUMBIA, SC — Utility engineers are working to seal cracks at a Fairfield County atomic power plant before the fractures widen and make the plant more vulnerable to a nuclear accident.
The SCE&G plant doesn’t present any current threat to the public, but cracks in the reactor head at the nuclear plant are a concern that must be addressed, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Without repairs, the small cracks could widen and allow water that keeps the reactor cool to escape. In a nuclear plant, it is important to keep cool water circulating through the reactor to avoid a meltdown of atomic fuel and possible release of radiation.
Instead of sealing cracks in the aging reactor head, SCE&G should install a new head, as some other power plants have done, Columbia anti-nuclear activist Tom Clements said.
Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2012/11/15/2520136/cracks-found-at-nuclear-power.html
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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:11 PM
rhett o rick (41,290 posts)
1. They claim the repairs on the cracks will last 40 years. But will the head contin to crack?
Be interesting to know what they are sealing the cracks with.