The most dangerous place in the U.S.?
Please bear with me while I repeat the main problem with Hope Creek 1 and Salem 1 and 2 . I am doing this short introduction because my mailing list keeps growing (over 100 now) And new subscribers must understand the underlying problem in order to understand the horrendous situation described in the following article.
Here we have 3 nuclear power plants built on Artificial Island in New Jersey which are “rest” on cement pilings 70 feet on “land” built from river dredging with no rock bottom.
The consequences of this reckless siting of a nuclear power complex are beginning to show signs.
This complex endangers the most populated area in the United States.
N.J.'s Salem nuclear power plants showing their age Dont just read my excerpts read the whole story.
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 10:24
A series of wide ranging, federal inspections of the twin Salem nuclear power plants has found extensive decay and cracks as long as six feet in the concrete containment buildings, corrosion of the buildings' steel liners by decades of leaks from radioactive and acidic water, and "aggressive" groundwater penetration throughout the power complex…The wear and tear on the exterior of the concrete structures has been severe and far more extensive than permitted by the operating licenses for the nuclear plants………….Highly corrosive borated water, leaking from the reactor's coolant system, "was running down the containment liner plate," a ¾-inch steel lining in both Salem 1 and 2. In Salem 1, the NRC found, "borated water has been leaking in one area of containment for the last 30 years" at a rate of about 100 gallons a day. The result has been corrosion of the liner designed to prevent highly contaminated reactor fluid from escaping into the outside environment…………That's just outrageous," said Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of the environmental group Delaware Riverkeeper. "There are several mind-blowing, egregious problems here that were pointed out to PSEG. The responses that PSEG gives are shocking in terms of their inadequacy."…….. (This has always been my experience)The north wall at Salem Unit 2 was found to have one crack "six feet long and 16 inches wide" as well as cracks at various joints "up to 3 feet long and four inches wide." NRC regulations, however, state that cracks larger than 8 inches in diameter and 0.04 inches in width "are considered unacceptable and in need of further technical evaluation."………
(Now do you any question why these plants are cracking ? )
In the meantime, a 20 year licence extension is in the process of being approved, and the State of Delaware is still refusing to grant its 40.000 citizens living in the 10 miles (EPZ) Zone public hearings on the Emergency Evacuation Plan.
My Opinion ! The plants will continue sinking into the mud until
Some PORV (power operated relieve valve) snaps, or some other pipe gives way !!! God help us.