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Ad Hoc Fire Protection at Nuclear Plants Not Good Enough

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

A fire at a nuclear reactor is serious business. There are many ways to trigger a nuclear accident leading to damage of the reactor core, which can result in the release of radiation. But according to a senior manager at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), for a typical nuclear reactor, roughly half the risk that the reactor core will be damaged is due to the risk of fire. In other words, the odds that a fire will cause an accident leading to core damage equals that from all other causes combined. And that risk estimate assumes the fire protection regulations are being met. Read more >

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Nuclear Safety Perfection

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit #52

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It’s the sum of six consecutive prime numbers (3, 5, 7, 11, 13, and 17). Read more >

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Fission Stories #119: Electrical Problems at Catawba

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Fission Stories #111 and Fission Stories #110  described recent near-misses at U.S. nuclear power plants caused by latent design problems in the in-plant electrical distribution systems. This Fission Story describes how the Catawba nuclear plant in South Carolina borrowed that problem but broadened it to not only include long ago design miscues but also very recent ones, too. Read more >

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