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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 07:07 PM
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'Tornado Alley' reactor not fully twister-proof
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON The closest nuclear power plant to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., was singled out weeks before the storm for being vulnerable to twisters.

Inspections triggered by Japans nuclear crisis found that some emergency equipment and storage sites at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant near Burlington might not survive a tornado.

Specifically, plant operators and federal inspectors said Wolf Creek did not secure equipment and vehicles needed to fight fires, retrieve fuel for emergency generators and resupply water to keep nuclear fuel cool as it is being moved.

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David Lochbaum, a former nuclear plant engineer who now works on nuclear safety for the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists, said the equipment that a tornado could disable is the backup of backups, but that potential should raise concern nonetheless.

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Read more: http://cjonline.com/news/2011-05-26/tornado-alley-reactor-not-fully-twister-proof
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 08:23 PM
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1. ... not to mention the old ones in Illinois and Tennessee ...
:hide: Areas that have also had some horrendous storms already this season ... :scared:
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 09:20 PM
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2. I could not even imagine what
Edited on Thu May-26-11 09:31 PM by AsahinaKimi
an F5 or F6 Tornado could do to a nuclear power plant..we have already seen what a tsunami
could do.

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PJPhreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 10:16 PM
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3. I live 23 miles S.W. of Wolf Creek as the crow flies,
All the oldtimers around here have this running joke about a "Glowing" Twister,


"If You See It,Run Like Hell"
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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 05:04 AM
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4. there really is nothing
that can withstand a direct hit from a significant tornado.

build something that can withstand an Fx sized tornado, then folks worry about an Fx+1 tornado.
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