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  •  20% increase in power output (0+ / 0-)

    was the first thing Entergy went about when they bought the plant.
    I am not talking about the existing capacity of the plant at time of purchase.  They turbocharged the reactor when it was about ready to be retired. Shortly afterward, tritium-laced water started showing up in test wells around the reactor. surprise, surprise.
    As for eventual failure not being a "concept'; try this for a thought experiment;
    1. put a pot of water on the stove.
    2. walk away.
    Eventually, something will fail. Entropy is a concept that transcends any industry.

    Entergy is not living up to its commitment to maintain the plant. When caught, its executives lie. That eventually means catastrophe.
    this is not a difficult concept, unless one transposes ideals and policies over actual behaviors.
    i might be convinced that VY could be run safely for some time before being shut down, but i cannot be convinced that safety is a paramount concern for the owners, and proof abounds that Entergy is a dishonest caretaker, and cannot be trusted.

    Maybe you misunderstand my pov; i am not so much anti nuclear as i am anti corruption, anti foolish risk, and anti lying for profit at the expense of public safety.

    Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

    by kamarvt on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 05:25:27 AM PST

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    •  I think it's good to address this in any event. (0+ / 0-)

      They did not 'turbo charge' the generator. They increased the turbine generator set to increase out put (20? sounds way to high for me). This meant they rebuilt the turbine and generator, making it essentially brand, spank'n new, a good thing. The US nuclear fleet has 'uprated' (the engineering term) many reactors to the tune of 4000 MWs or about 4 new nuclear plants without building even one. This is good, not bad.

      Tritium leaks so far have been extremely minor. That they lie about it is criminal and should be prosecuted. I'm all for that.

      Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

      by davidwalters on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 07:33:37 AM PST

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