05 Mar '12, 3pm

#Fukushima USA - Map of U.S. Nuclear Waste Plants #NukeFreeCal #NIRS

Why U.S. nuclear power plants are vulnerable to severe accident with nuclear fallout A future severe nuclear accident at a U.S. nuclear power plant is a real possibility. In 2011 five nuclear power plants in the United States lost primary power due to earthquake or extreme weather events, including tornados, hurricanes, and flooding. Fortunately backup power systems kicked in at these plants and a disaster was averted. But weather is not the only risk factor. Other risk factors include: Type of reactor – There are two types of reactors operating it the United States: Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) and Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs). Some experts judge that the design and structure of BWRs do not protect against the release of radiation during a severe accident as effectively as PWRs. The four reactors involved in the Fukushima nuclear crisis were BWRs. On the map, NRDC e...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/fallout/

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