TV News LIES

Thursday, May 28th

Last update01:41:42 AM GMT

You are here News Energy Quake risk to U.S. reactors greater than thought

Quake risk to U.S. reactors greater than thought

E-mail Print PDF

Quake risk to reactorsThe risk that an earthquake would cause a severe accident at a U.S. nuclear plant is greater than previously thought, 24 times as high in one case, according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary government data. The nation's nuclear regulator believes a quarter of America's reactors may need modifications to make them safer.

The threat came into sharp focus last week, when shaking from the largest earthquake to hit Virginia in 117 years appeared to exceed what the North Anna nuclear power plant northwest of Richmond was built to sustain.

The two North Anna reactors are among 27 in the eastern and central United States that a preliminary Nuclear Regulatory Commission review has said may need upgrades because those plants are more likely to get hit with an earthquake larger than the one their design was based on.

Just how many nuclear power plants are more vulnerable won't be determined until all operators recalculate their seismic risk based on new assessments by geologists, something the agency plans to request later this year. The NRC on Thursday issued a draft of that request for public comment.

The NRC and the industry say reactors are safe as they are, for now. But e-mails in an 11,000-page records request by AP show that NRC experts were worried privately this year that plants needed stronger safeguards.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Obama Administration Approves Shell's Drilling Plan For The Arctic

Shell OilThe Obama administration on Monday granted conditional approval to Shell to begin exploratory drilling in the...

Coal Is Dying and It's Never Coming Back

Coal is DyingCoal, the No. 1 cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number...

Oil Services Co.,Baker Huhes, lays off 10,500

Baker Hughes "Extreme market forces" are in play in the global energy sector, oil services company Baker...

To foil oil spills, new federal rule requires better blowout preventers

Blowout preventersThe Obama administration unveiled a new rule Monday that's designed to help prevent a repeat of...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!