“Rats? Rats? Kill a nuke cooling system – you must be communistically inspired you radio-phobe” : AEC Commissioner Seaborg, 1971****
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the head honcho realises he’s 50 years too late…
Atomic agency calls for Fukushima upgrade
April 22, 2013 6:07PM
THE International Atomic Energy Agency has called on the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to improve “essential systems” as it struggles to deal with leaks and power cuts.
“TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power) should continue its efforts to improve the reliability of essential systems, to assess the structural integrity of site facilities and to enhance protection against external hazards,” the UN nuclear watchdog said in Monday’s statement.
The comments came after an IAEA mission met with officials from the Japanese government and TEPCO last week in Tokyo, ahead of their on-site inspection at the plant.
The IAEA inspection by nuclear experts and international specialists came at the request of the Japanese government and is the third of its kind since the Fukushima plant was knocked out by a tsunami in March 2011.
The stricken site has suffered an increasingly long line of mishaps that have rattled public confidence.
The statement was released just hours after TEPCO said it had temporarily switched off a reactor cooling system following the discovery of a pair of dead rats near to critical equipment.” end quote.
Very long. Started when they lowered the bluff to move the reactors closer to the sea and built the joint in the first place.
****Seaborg never said this. However, the US Government, replying to a mother who had bitterly informed it that US atomic weapon fallout had killed her son, told her that she should be proud of the contribution her family had made to keeping Americans safe from Communists, and that if she didn’t feel that way, she was “Communistically inspired”*****. Anyway, Seaborg prided the AEC on its ability to foresee only “realistic” threats. The idea that the power plant which supplied the power grid should be totally dependent upon the power for cooling system power is an irony that went over the heads of the AEC, who approved emergency backup power that lasted, via battery back up, for 8 hours only. In America the concept that the grid might be down for longer than that was beyond AEC ken, event as Congress held public hearings about the impact of nuclear war upon America. Hmm. The whole design of the GE reactors destined for Fukushima was approved and exported and built.
Even though the containment building and the reactors themselves would not survive a loss of coolant accident or an extended period without grid power.
And 2 years after the disaster at Fukushima, rats have caused the still cobbled together cooling systems for the spent fuel pools to fail a number of times.
Defence in Depth as a total myth so large, its just plain bullshit.