Monday, December 15, 2008

Japan Nuclear Plants and Seismic Retrofit


Japan is demolishing old nuclear plants because it is too expensive to retrofit to modern standards. Imagine that! The concept of retrofitting to modern standards! We retrofitted old Pickering A because it wasn't designed for earthquakes, but Pickering B is only a smack better. Certainly, not up to modern standards! Yet, in the talk about refitting it, there is no mention about seismic issues.

Walking through Pick B reveals a host of horrible things, from pervasive block walls, to excessive restraints. There are no plans for walkdowns or anything. Of course, then there's Darlington, but I have no justification (no ad money!) to bitch about that! And you can tell how I stopped complaining about the NRU....

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