Lochbaum Presentation to NRC Panel on Flooding

, former co-director | January 3, 2014, 4:46 pm EST
Bookmark and Share

On January 6, the NRC is holding a hearing on the threat flooding and other extreme events pose to nuclear plants. Flooding at Fukushima, Ft. Calhoun and at a number of Northeast plants during Hurricane Sandy has prompted the NRC to take a closer look at plant flood protections.

cart-horseDave’s presentation can be found here.

The other panelists will include Robert DeNight, operations director at the Salem plant in New Jersey; Stuart Lewis, program manager at the Electric Power Research Institute; Chandra Pathak, principal engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Geoff Bonnin, chief of the Hydrologic Science and Modeling Branch of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration; and Lance Vail, a senior research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The full set of presentations is here.

This hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be webcast simultaneously.


Posted in: Nuclear Power Safety Tags: , ,

Support from UCS members make work like this possible. Will you join us? Help UCS advance independent science for a healthy environment and a safer world.

Show Comments

Comment Policy

UCS welcomes comments that foster civil conversation and debate. To help maintain a healthy, respectful discussion, please focus comments on the issues, topics, and facts at hand, and refrain from personal attacks. Posts that are commercial, self-promotional, obscene, rude, or disruptive will be removed.

Please note that comments are open for two weeks following each blog post. UCS respects your privacy and will not display, lend, or sell your email address for any reason.

  • Thomas Gurdziel

    Relative to your comments on Slide #17, which approximately asks: should weight of (impacting) water be considered? it might be appropriate to give INPO credit for identifying this shortcoming in their November 2011 Special Report 11-005 on page 47, where they say:

    “The tsunami design basis for Fukushima Daiichi considered only the inundation and static water pressures, and not the impact force of the wave or the impact of debris associated with the wave.