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Tornado Forces Shut Down Of Two Reactors At 1.6 Gigawatt Surry Nuclear Power Plant

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Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:11 | 1182270 long juan silver
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So sorry. I farted. hehe

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 00:30 | 1182920 the mad hatter
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1.21 jiggawatts!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 00:43 | 1182941 Sokhmate
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it must've been more of a careless whisper

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 00:55 | 1182963 the mad hatter
Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:13 | 1182277 Thadeous
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So lets see, take "unusual event" and multiply it by 4 or so and I'm sure thats what the truth is.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:40 | 1182344 long juan silver
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Nope. Only one fart. I counted.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:26 | 1182468 Absinthe Minded
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Who could junk that? That was funny as hell! Of course I've had a few. Sympathies to those affected, could not imagine what they are going through. One of the most awe inspiring yet unpredictable forces on Earth.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:13 | 1182280 Manzilla
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Damn it I did too. Double whammy.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:16 | 1182287 AldousHuxley
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Dear Lord, show us your mercy and let the tornado pick up spent fuel rods and place them in the gold vault of the Federal Reserve.

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 09:30 | 1203195 dizzyfingers
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Nooooooooo!! No junk!! Love this!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:14 | 1182289 Zero Govt
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comforting to know the regulator says all is well...

...er, anyone got a Geiger counter handy? 

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:16 | 1182292 Hephasteus
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What's their slogan. "Virginia is for CIA cunts."

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:20 | 1182296 buzzsaw99
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It's a good thing the generator worked.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 22:13 | 1182583 BigJim
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? Nuclear backup generators always work. What do you think they're there for?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:20 | 1182297 sneering nihilist
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it's pretty easy to imagine a single tornado destroying back-up generators and then knocking out power to the plant.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:24 | 1182305 topcallingtroll
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How about a private airplane slamming into an open cooling pool?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:26 | 1182298 topcallingtroll
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A solar flare such as the one recorded in the 1850's could shut down the entire grid for a year, unless plant operators are fast enough and smart enough to isolate their plants from power surges and shut down quickly and safely.

Otherwise we better hope we can keep the diesel generators running at the nuke plants indefinitely. If we ever have an asteroid or a supervolcano what will kill us will be the nuke plants spewing radiation for a thousand years.

Humanity barely survived a small supervolcano 60,000 years ago according to the genetic record. Only one caucasian genetic code survived. With our nukes needing external power sources i dont think we have a chance of surviving a true supervolcano.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:48 | 1182361 Ray1968
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Compelling thought.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 23:02 | 1182723 geekgrrl
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I don't think plant operators could react fast enough. The electrical grid can't be shut down in a way that could protect it from an event like in 1859. It is profoundly vulnerable, and is so complex that no one person could ever comprehend it. 

In any event, the induced currents from a solar flare like in 1859 would fry everything electrical and electronic connected to the grid, and a good amount of equipment not even connected to the grid. (especially electronics) Can you imagine every electronic device ever manufactured not working anymore?

Which brings up an excellent question: why are we so confident that these electrical systems: the electrical grid, the internet, the communications nexus that spans the planet, will never be wiped out by acts of nature? Seems to me we are profoundly underestimating the forces of nature.

How many examples do we need before we get rid of the low-hanging fruit, like nuclear reactors, each a disaster waiting to happen?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:24 | 1182307 velobabe
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Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:25 | 1182310 prizmev
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So what happens if a tornado knocks out the power lines to/from the reactors *and* destroys the backup generators?  Think Fukushima...

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:32 | 1182317 Hephasteus
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You cool it down with steady stream of popsicle shipments to the plant. On a staggered UPS, Fed Ex, USPS delvery schedule.

Until you can set up you're space shuttle rain making device.


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:34 | 1182330 djsmps
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Impossible. It could never happen. That plant was built to withstand an EF3 tornado, and nothing like that has ever hit there.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:07 | 1182422 tmosley
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The buildings that house the backup generators should be built to withstand an F5, IF they aren't underground.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 22:18 | 1182589 BigJim
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So what happens? How can we know? That is, in the words of the great Vizzini, absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:35 | 1182321 HelluvaEngineer
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1.6 Gigawatt?  I believe you mean 1.21 Jigawatt.  The only power sources capable of generating 1.21 jigawatts of electricity is a lightning bolt or a nuclear panner plant.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:43 | 1182351 long juan silver
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Your comment seems somewhat racist to my eyes.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:59 | 1182399 Cognitive Dissonance
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Going long flux capacitors once I get back from the future.

BTW by chance did anything interesting happen on Thursday Nov 25, 2010 at 3:59 PM? Just checking.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:42 | 1182512 long juan silver
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Is that vehicle operated by a jigawatt?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 23:53 | 1182862 mynhair
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You said jig!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:34 | 1182323 Buck Johnson
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Yea, but would they tell the truth if it was having problems.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:35 | 1182324 Xennady
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The real scandal here is that these plants from the frickin 70s can't be replaced with newer and vastly safer designs because of the endless lawsuits and government red tape. Not to mention that most of the wealth of the country has been pissed away or stolen by the banksters.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:38 | 1182333 Rusty Shorts
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ever see "Gone With The Wind"?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:47 | 1182359 long juan silver
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Yep. I like the part where she whips the horse.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:39 | 1182338 Hephasteus
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Wealth isn't pissed away or gone or removed.

Just the stupid permission to act slips known as debt tickets or shit tickets.

It's a mind game designed to turn you from action jackson into moaning mandy.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:38 | 1182334 Alex2245
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While officials most likely have this condition under control, one has to wonder due to the record of the NRC and the fact that all radiation releases worldwide have been covered up to a certain extent.

This fact was outlined beautifully in a round table discussion that included Arnie Gundersen, Duane Peterson (president of VPIRG & coordinator for the campaign to retire Vermont Yankee nuclear plant), investigative reporter Harvey Wasserman and Paul Gallay. (executive director of Riverkeeper)

From this discussion and easily obtained research three clear cut examples of corruption can be seen.(Outlined By Washington’s Blog)

  • The NRC is wholly captive to industry
  • The NRC has never turned down the request of a nuclear power plant to be relicensed in the United States. Re-licensing is solely a paper process; there is no safety review.



Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:43 | 1182353 lead salad
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I live 20 minutes from that joint....good thing I leave tomorrow on bizness.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:38 | 1182500 long juan silver
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Are you telling me that tornado is still whirling away like mad right on top of those poor people after THREE days? Great heavens! When will it go away?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:47 | 1182358 AbandonShip
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Power plant losing power? 

Almost as rare as a bank running out of money....oh wait

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:50 | 1182366 bob_dabolina
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What about the nuclear story that is pertinent:

"TEPCO official reveals there is “little doubt” plutonium has leaked from Fukushima (VIDEO)"

"Fukushima Forecast: Uninterrupted line of radiation stretches across Pacific, tracking towards West Coast of U.S., Canada"

"TEPCO: Unit 2 containment vessel leaking nuclear radiation (VIDEO)"


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:28 | 1182469 Tyler Durden
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Pretty sure it has been made abundnatly clear by now that all reactors are leaking radiation?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:45 | 1182526 bob_dabolina
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I thought the "plutonium leakage" + the "Uninterrupted line of radiation stretches across Pacific, tracking towards West Coast of U.S" Was kinda' a big deal.

...than again, I'm not a scientist.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:50 | 1182533 long juan silver
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I remember anthrax in the mail like it was yesterday

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 01:45 | 1183035 Hephasteus
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You're cia cell work on that one juan?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 20:55 | 1182379 max2205
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Fuck, is everything in Amerika over 40 years old?

Too bad Ben can't upgrade us

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:06 | 1182409 sodbuster
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Everything but Zimbabwe Ben's printer!


Mon, 04/18/2011 - 21:11 | 1182426 tmosley
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America stopped growing 40 years ago.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 22:17 | 1182593 Dapper Dan
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Your comment is prescient!  Care to expound?

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 22:40 | 1182655 long juan silver
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trolls cant expand on a topic. They'll call you homophobic names and say that you are the one that's dense. In any event, tmoseley is a great source for fart insults. He has hundreds.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 07:44 | 1183274 SWRichmond
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This is the first comment in this otherwise ridiculous thread that makes any sense at all. 

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