achilles wrote:Some of our own reactors, including I think the San Onofre plant near to me, (about 20 miles or so away), have the same design as the plants in question.
I hear thought that the French have a new design that is supposed to be vastly safer and immune largely to the problems facing the Japanese now. Perhaps we should look into that design. The Japanese too, if they want to improve the safety at their plants. The rebuilding phase is as good a time as any to take their existing plants off-line one or two at a time and build replacements using the French design.
From the description I saw on Japan's NHK Newsline today, they had 3 backup ways to avoid radiation leakage... and it happened anyway.
As mentioned, the Japanese aren't known for cheaping out on this sort of thing. Nature simply found a way to bypass all that, anyway. I suspect that, if the French design were pitched into similar sudden, worst-case conditions, it would fare no better.