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  •  As Usual, Complete Lack of Reality (2+ / 0-)
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    alain2112, psilocynic

    Advice to all readers: Joieau has no clue what (s)he is talking about.  

    Larger generators are available from generator manufacturers and existing equipment can undergo modifications to allow it to produce more power.  Following sound engineering principles they were able to increase their power output.  And the NRC had to approve all of it before they did it.

    Using MOX (Mixed Oxide fuel) does not, inherently change what a reactor can produce and in fact has nothing to do with this issue.  Turkey Point is NOT going to use MOX.  

    At all times, power has to be limited in reactors to values that ensure that the emergency core cooling systems (ECCS) are capable of handling.  Upgrades to ECCS and other equipment can allow plants to safely uprate their output (with NRC concurrence and permission).

    Most nuclear plants around the country have safely increased their output through processes similar to what Turkey Point and St. Lucie have done.

    Someday soon Republicans are going to drown Grover Norquist - in a bathtub.

    by nuketeacher on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 11:20:13 AM PDT

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    •  LOL!!! (0+ / 0-)

      Aw, you act as if someone, somewhere, might now wonder if this Turkey got its new pieces-parts from the used nuclear parts flea market or something. Since I asked and all. Or might be burning the hotter fuel for the 'tron gain being bragged about. Big, Bad Joieau! Ooooh, scary!


      Thanks for the chuckle. Nobody who has actually worked in the nuclear industry can be expected to know anything about the technology, much less ask simple questions nukes don't like to answer. Hell, next thing you know people might start grousing about the fact that they're in the potential dead zone next time an oops spews deadly-for-thousands-of-years filth because they can't turn the damned thing off once they've turned it on. Which, btw, is Greg Jaczko's reason for saying publicly they all ought to be shut down. What would he know, eh? He was just the chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission until his industry-bought colleagues decided he was too dangerous to allow once we saw what happens when you can't turn 'em off...

      Comedy of Errors indeed.

      •  You mean he was sabotaging a technology and lying (2+ / 0-)
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        alain2112, psilocynic

        about it? That "Chairman"? He had no business being chair of the NRC anymore than a vegan should be chair of FDA inspections of meat packing houses. Now he can go and work full time for NIRS without looking back.

        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 Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 12:19:18 PM PDT

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        •  Heh. (0+ / 0-)

          I actually know a vegan who has tenure as professor of slaughter (or some such ridiculous title) at a state college in Oklahoma. You know, all the nifty details of getting an unfortunate animal from knocker to meat counter at your local grocery store. She could no doubt handle the FDA job just fine, probably trained more than a handful of future FDA inspectors in her time.

          I realize y'all don't like Jaczko, but that in no way alters any facts of his tenure or his qualifications for the job. Nukes aren't very popular these days, you'll have this whenever people are graphically reminded that this technology is and always was more about WMDs than "clean, safe, too cheap to meter." Even the recently ex-CEO of Exelon admits they aren't worth the cost or the bother anymore. GE's out of the business now, so is Siemens. There's no way to cure what ails nuclear power, Jaczko's absolutely right about that whether you like it or not. The smart money's going elsewhere.

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