Fukushima Dai-ichi status and potential outcomes
The Oil Drum has begun posting daily threads
about the Japanese nuclear plant event. As during the last energy crisis
, the comments there tend to have a good signal-to-noise ratio.
Live near one of these 10 nuclear power plants?
They either have cracks in their control rod nozzles or are particularly "vulnerable" to cracking. An inspection at Ohio's Davis-Besse plant led to the completely unexpected discovery
of "the most extensive corrosion ever found on top of an American nuclear plant reactor". Radioactive boric acid leaked out of the cracks and came within a half-inch of burning a hole
through the steel containment dome. NRC officials say this kind of corrosion "was never considered a credible type of concern," but nuclear safety groups have been warning for years
that NRC inaction on this issue was endangering the public. (more links inside)