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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-29-11 11:30 AM
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4. Strange as much as the NRC is continually bashed as corrupt.
They mandated the installation of a safety upgrade in the US, a mandate that was never required in Japan.

Even worse this particular component could have improved the situation Japan is now facing.

"First, U.S. researchers concluded that a loss of power at one of the nuclear plants would be one of the "dominant contributors" to the most severe accidents. Flooding of the reactor building would worsen the risks. The NRC also required U.S. plants to install "hard pipe" after concluding the sheet-metal ducts used in Japan could make things much worse.

"Venting via a sheet metal duct system could result in a reactor building hydrogen burn," researchers said in a report published in November 2008."

What if everything bad had happened up to the hydrogen explosion. What if instead of a hydrogen explosion destroying secondary containment, fuel ponds, and internal systems that hydrogen had been vented safely to outside via hardened vent. No doubt the situation would still be critical in Japan but they would have had many more options available.
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