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EPR Reactor Design Plagued By Design And Technical Failures

The EPR reactor design created by Areva and Seimens and hailed as the next generation “safe” nuclear reactor is failing to meet expectations. The first EPR to be built at Flamanville has been plagued with failure after failure. The concrete construction was recently discovered to be full of holes, debris and major flaws. The substandard construction as described to the public¬†“adversely affect the final quality of structures”: “concrete piers drilled like Swiss cheese or many hailed ‘nests of stones “,” errors of reinforcement “or” lack of funds for cleaning formwork, cluttered with a mas of ligatures and other unidentified objects. “ Major defects and 13 other weaknesses were found by France’s nuclear safety authority, including not being up to seismic standards. French, British and Finnish regulators also requested design changes to … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Energy: So Safe Jellyfish Can Throttle Entire NPPs

As if the current onslaught by Mother Nature on nuclear power plants in Fukushima and Nebraska wasn’t enough, and in case the fire threatening the United States’ oldest nuclear laboratory (and largest nuclear weapons repository) didn’t get our attention, two current stories on Reuters are almost comic relief. From June 29, 2011: An invasion of jellyfish into a cooling water pool at a Scottish nuclear power plant kept its nuclear reactors offline on Wednesday, a phenomenon which may grow more common in future. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at ¬© 2011-2016, All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other … Read entire article »

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