``The pools were never designed to hold this much fuel to start with,'' said King, the former NRC inspector.
Using the Boraflex panels and inserting boron into the water are intended to absorb neutrons to prevent the nuclear rods from ``going critical. You don't want criticality in a fuel pool. That would be disastrous,'' said King.
Philip Stoddard, a longtime critic of Turkey Point and a biology professor at Florida International University, said, ``FPL has been playing a game of chicken with the NRC'' by continuing to increase the density of the rods in the pools.
The fuel storage is bulging right now, what's it going to be like in 20 years, which is how long the current Blue Ribbons will milk their party!