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  •  What does 'EDG' mean? Thanks. N/T (1+ / 0-)
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    Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. Marx

    by Marihilda on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 05:38:23 AM PDT

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    •  Emergency diesel generators. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        My materials scientist brother evaluated aging EDGs for an IL nuclear power plant.  He once told me that the generators had to be in perfect, like-new condition so they could be put on-line in seconds and run as long as necessary, no matter how long they had sat idle before any 'event.'  He explained that all the components of the diesels aged, whether they were used or not, and engineers like him were required to monitor their aging process.

        I THINK he was trying to allay my fears, but he scared the crap out of me.  If these EDG's have been neglected to the same extent as the rest of America's infrastructure, we should be very afraid.  

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