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Expert Panel Recommends Upgrades For U.S. Nuclear Plants

July 21, 2011 by  

A panel recently recommended upgrades for America's nuclear plants.An expert task force recently said that upgrades need to be made to many nuclear power plants in the United States to prepare them for catastrophic events.

The potential dangers of breaches in nuclear power plant safety were recently highlighted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which caused extensive damage to the Fukushima Dai-ichi.

The Japan Task Force — which was formed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — said that while such an event was unlikely to occur in America, extra steps should be put in place to protect the country from natural disasters.

The recommendations made by the panel include re-evaluations of earthquake and flood risks and the implementation of equipment to make sure electrical power is not lost during disasters.

Citizens should also be prepared in case of a nuclear emergency. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, almost 3 million people live within 10 miles of nuclear power plants in the U.S. Within this distance, people can be harmed by direct radiation exposure.

During a disaster people should be sure to get as far away from the plant as fast as they can in order to protect themselves, according to FEMA.

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  • s c

    Common sense demands that even nuclear plants be built with redundant safety measures. Ideally, they should be built to withstand almost anything. Safety first, that is.
    In the matter of nuclear waste, the next time elected retards need a place to store all of America’s nuclear waste, look no farther than Washington. That is, ring Washington with facilities that store nuclear waste. Give the miserable @#$^%&*$ reasons to remember WHY they’re there.
    It will create jobs, and it will keep America’s self-made slime away from any nearby pedestals. Safety first.

    • granny mae

      s c,

      That is a good idea. Those in control have jumped to build these plants and never did they give a thought to how to safely store the waste from these plants. So we just bury it in the ground or place it in the mountain. I wonder what will happen if this mountain moves from an earth quake or if it is damaged by a volcanic erruption which is possible since it is in the line of a volcanic chain. Hmmm, thoughts to ponder !

      • granny mae

        science needs to look for a way to nutralize that stuff !

  • Rennie

    Upgrades? You mean because most of the plants are way beyond their designed lifespan now? Or because Fshima just proved there is NO PLAN for a full meltdown when the temperature of the blob of melted fuel at the bottom of the containment is a 1000 degrees higher than the melting temperature of said containment, and all the water being pumped in means steam escapes carrying radioactive particles with it, maybe some kind of upgrade to prevent THAT instead of the current plan, which is lie, ignore, and coverups? Latest report is 198 Fshima cleanup workers are unaccounted for, in addition to official numbers of 2 missing, 4 dead, 38 “injured”. Follow radiation antidote/health guidelines if you reside in the Northern Hemisphere and keep believing nuclear power is the only “safe” energy alternative? NRC Jackoff should have tried some of that beef on his recent visit to Japan, or maybe some tuna? Due to migration patterns, you can get your cesium laden fish off the Baja coast about now, where they coincidentally found the albino cyclops bull shark.

  • Rennie

    TEN MILES? Japan is talking about “cleanup” within the 20 km zone so people can go back, when the plutonium from the detonation of reactor 3 scattered plutonium pellets two miles away, it should be safe somewhere between 30,000 and 100,000 years. Yet the NRC advised all Americans in Japan to stay at least 50 miles away, hot particles aren’t detected by geiger counters, see Arnie Gunderson’s videos from faire winds dot com. Do not live within ten miles of a reactor, and don’t count on school bus drivers being willing to drive into those areas to rescue your school kids in an emergency. Fifty miles away would be even better.

  • Larry Hearold

    With all being said about “upgrading” our nuclear plants because of the problems in Japan, just stop and think. In Japan, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THE DAMAGE TO THE NUCLEAR PLANTS THERE? To date I think the number is a staggering ZERO (0). So, as bad as it may sound, their plant held up to the massive effects of the earthquake and the Tsunami very well. If you look at history, the number of people that have been ACCIDENTALLY killed or maimed from the effects of nuclear radiation, you will find that more have died from auto accidents, smoking, overeating, etc.

  • Dan az

    First: what bothers me is that these are experts and have now just come to this conclusion.
    Second: That this guy in the picture seems to be waiting for the phone to ring to tell him what to do.
    Third: that they are going to have to change allot of bulbs in that place or get fined when the new law goes into effect. :)

  • james r.

    What about converting thee plants to Thorium ?

    • Dan az

      james
      That would make sense so you know that would never happen!Think about it,finally they would have a way to get rid of the spent rods.And the fact that it couldn’t be used as a weapon and its cheaper and more abundant.Why would they do that? Now your just being silly :)

    • granny mae

      James r.

      Ok this old gal is not that smart so please explain to me what is Thorium? I never heard of it ! But then there are a lot of things I have never heard of !

  • Bob Marshall

    Who said FEMA wasn’t smart? Get as far away from the plant as fast as you can to protect yourself. What a novel idea! Glad to see they are so concerned about our welfare.

  • Yeshua friend

    It might work if they can keep the government politicians out of it, otherwise we might have a multitude of unwanted nuclear test sight accidents. Like everything else the politicians get there hands into.

  • Sherry

    If our “wise” lawmakers ever had to face reality the outcome would be totally different. People who are blind
    To the ACTUAL perils of earth
    But use these avenues
    To increase THEIR financial worth
    Are actually worth NOTHING.

    They cannot see the forest fot the trees. I DO wish we had really smart and caring leaders. But as long as dollar signs blind them what can we (the little guys) do?

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