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US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Sam I Am, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    "For the first time in 30 years, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved licenses to build two new nuclear reactors in Georgia. These are the first licenses to be issued since the Three Mile Island incident in 1979. The pair of facilities will cost $14 billion and produce 2.2 GW of power (able to power ~1 million homes). They will be Westinghouse AP1000 designs, which are the newest reactors approved by the NRC. These models passively cool their fuel rods using condensation and gravity, rather than electricity, preventing the possibility of another ***ushima Daiichi-type meltdown due to loss of power to cooling water pumps."

    "Expected to begin operation in 2016 or 2017, the pair of new AP1000 reactors will produce around 2GW of power for the southeast. This is the first of the new combined construction and operating licenses ever issued by the NRC; hopefully this bodes well for the many other pending applications."
  2. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

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    Maybe I missed it, but I couldn't find "where" these reactors would be located. Georgia is a pretty populated state. I'm all for nuke power, but I have to admit, I'd by lying if I said I wouldn't be concerned if my family lived close to these things.
  3. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Now they need to approve some new oil refineries.
  4. Jammer

    Jammer Retired Air Force Guy

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    I doubt that will happen anytime soon. Fuel is the country's top export. We're refining more fuel than we can use.

  5. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    They are "for" Georgia. (the power they make) They are actually going to be built in Sunnyvale, TX.

  6. basstapp

    basstapp Well-Known Member

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    They said they would be located in Augusta, Georgia :). I live like 2 hours from there yay!
  7. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

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    lol. :bow:
  8. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Just make sure they are not built in flood plains or earthquake zones....
  9. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    Now, if they could only figure out where to store the nuclear waste. Nevada doesn't want it. So, continue to "store" it in a bathtub next to the reactor. Brilliant. :rolleyes:
  10. ROUSH8692

    ROUSH8692 Well-Known Member

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    Great! Nobody with any intelligence lives near there anyway...
  11. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    Yucca Mountain would have been fine. All we need is a place to store it for a few hundred years at most. By that time we will have figured out how to destroy it or we will be able to cheaply send it off planet.

    It was always BS about how they needed a place that was safe for thousands of years.

    Actually what they should do is dump it in the deep trenches of the ocean. Encased in concrete and steel, in a few years it will be buried so deep in the mud that even when the tanks leaked it would not matter that deep in the ocean.
  12. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I saw a video about a potentially new fuel source for nuclear power that would reduce waste by some ridiculous amount.

    Wish I could find it.

    Won't be long and we'll have a means to get it to space safely and cheaply and we'll be sending that stuff to Uranus.
  13. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I think the problems is, what if it leaks before a few years?
  14. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Wouldn't the pressure that deep like cause that thing to just implode well before it got all the way to the bottom?
  15. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Good point.

    Saw a figure that says that the pressure in the deepest parts is like 8 tons per square inch.

    Factor in the temp down there and things may not hold up.

    And even if they could, how heavy would the encasement be? That much concrete and that much steel? How would you move something like that out there?

    It's not like a giant platform rig that you could use buoyancy to lighten the load. We're talking a solid structure completely sealed and filled with nuclear waste.

    How big would it have to be?

    81,000 meters cubed? After some fiddling around, it would be about this big.

    A box 160 feet wide, 120 long and 150 feet tall.

    A visual depiction.


    That box is sideline-to-sideline and that is just what it would have to hold, not the actual size itself. That's internal volume.

    And actually, I shorted the height by about 15 feet but didn't want to fix it. You'd have to imagine about 10 feet of visible screen.

    Every year? I don't think dumping it in the sea would even be feasible.
  16. reddyuta

    reddyuta Well-Known Member

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    its a thorium reactor .you can watch a lecture on it on youtube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2vzotsvvkw&feature=player_embedded.

    It has zero support from the establishment though.
  17. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Oh noes! We's all gonna dies like everbodies at ***ushima!!!!

    Oh, wait...
  18. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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  19. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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    Care to clarify that response? You are a Cowboy fan yet you imply only dumbarses live in a burb of the team you root for?

    The CEO of a company I used to work for lives in Sunnyvale... he is worth millions...
  20. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    if the containers are made right they will last 20-30 years

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