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PostSubject: Why is This Not a Surprise ?   Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:03 am

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Thirty-five years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing -- the Mark 1 -- was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.

Questions persisted for decades about the ability of the Mark 1 to handle the immense pressures that would result if the reactor lost cooling power, and today that design is being put to the ultimate test in Japan. Five of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has been wracked since Friday's earthquake with explosions and radiation leaks, are Mark 1s.

"The problems we identified in 1975 were that, in doing the design of the containment, they did not take into account the dynamic loads that could be experienced with a loss of coolant," Bridenbaugh told ABC News in an interview. "The impact loads the containment would receive by this very rapid release of energy could tear the containment apart and create an uncontrolled release."
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fukushima-mark-nuclear-reactor-design-caused-ge-scientist/story?id=13141287

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PostSubject: Re: Why is This Not a Surprise ?   Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:25 pm

Careful. The mainstream media are pulling in several "experts" who have a history of anti-nuclear activism. Not saying that Mr. Bridenbaugh is or is not, but it may be informative to contrast with this article.

If it comes from ABC, CBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, etc., I'm always suspect of the "story behind the story."
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